Η Gazoo Racing ανακοίνωσε ότι θα συμμετέχει στον αγώνα VLN στο Nurburgring με ένα τροποποιημένο Lexus CT 200h. Το αγωνιστικό θα διαθέτει νέο αγωνιστικό bodykit με carbon μπροστά spoiler και sport ανάρτηση.

Μηχανικά ο 1800αρης κινητήρας θα αντικατασταθεί από τον 2.4-λίτρων του HS 250h. Επιδόσεις δεν έδωσε η Gazoo Racing αλλά ο κινητήρας αυτό σε στοκ μορφή στο HS 250h αποδίδει 190 άλογα, 54 άλογα περισσότερα από όσα βγάζει ο 1800αρης κινητήρας του CT 200h.

[Πηγή: Lexus]

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GAZOO Racing CT to participate in the VLN3 race at Nürburgring

In addition to running its class-winning LFAs, Lexus will also race for the first time a full hybrid version of the newly launched CT.

  • Combination of power and efficiency thanks to Lexus Hybrid Drive
  • GAZOO Racing CT is the only full hybrid car featured in the VLN races
  • Ms Kumi Sato leads an all-Japanese driver line-up

Competing in the SP4 Class, the GAZOO Racing CT features Lexus Hybrid Drive, powering the car with just the electric motor, just the combustion engine or a combination of both powertrains. While starting and under braking, the car is quietly driven by only the electric motor, producing zero emissions and using no fuel at all. The combustion engine seamlessly takes over at higher speeds with the electric motor providing extra power when accelerating and at racing speeds.

Throughout its operation the Lexus full hybrid system intelligently selects the most appropriate power source and also captures energy through regenerative braking to charge the battery, releasing it later through the electric motor.

Thanks to the Lexus Hybrid Drive, GAZOO Racing CT will require less fuel and will emit lower levels of CO2 and harmful NOx than any equivalent petrol or diesel race car.

Lexus remains the only car manufacturer to compete in major endurance races with full hybrid cars, starting with the Lexus RX 400h which competed in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race back in 2005.

The GAZOO Racing CT driver line-up features three experienced drivers: Ms Kumi Sato, who previously competed with a Lexus IS 250 at VLN4 event in 2008; Mr Masahiko Kageyama, who previously supported vehicle development in Toyota Motor Corporation; and Mr Minoru Takaki, who is responsible for production vehicle development.