Fresh from his record-setting run last year, Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima is out to conquer the climb in the E-RUNNER electric car.
We now have details of a surprise entry from Lexus.
The Japanese automaker will be running its IS F CCS-R race car co-developed with Toyota Motorsport GmbH.
The CCS-R is based on the road-going IS F but undergoes a series of modifications to get it ready for racing. This includes extensive weight saving modifications that gets the CCS-R’s curb mass down to 3,087 pounds, 693 pounds less than stock.
The engine is largely stock, however, and still consists of a 5.0-liter V-8 pumping out 412 horsepower and 371 pound-feet of torque. It’s also matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters, just like the road car. A high-flow exhaust system is fitted, as are additional coolers for the engine oil, transmission oil and mechanical limited slip differential.
2012 Lexus IS F CCR-R race carEnlarge Photo
Inside, all luxury amenities have been stripped out and replaced with carbon fiber surface panels, HANS bucket seats, a six-point safety belt and small-diameter steering wheel.
The 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb doesn’t commence until July 8 but the video above shows the Lexus IS F CCS-R out in force in one of the Nürburgring's VLN races from earlier this year.