Though it isn’t a major international event, the Muscle Car Masters is one of only a few motorsport events where the new Lexus GS 350 plays a role, even though the car isn’t technically competing in a race. It will be on hand for all races during the weekend and driver training activities, just like the GS 350 safety car at the Long Beach Grand Prix Indycar event earlier this year.
The new Lexus safety car, which is based on the GS 350 F Sport, is pretty much stock, except for its unique livery. The F Sport package improves cornering and braking over the standard GS, but doesn’t boost engine output, though the car is hardly lacking in speed, with its 0-60 time coming in at a brief 5.7 seconds.
That’s fairly impressive, considering it’s only working with 306 horsepower and still manages to return an EPA estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Some of the specific F Sport upgrades for the GS 350 include 19-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension setup, thicker anti-roll bars, new bushings, and larger brakes up front biting high friction pads.