While the 2016 Detroit Auto Show may not have closed its doors for journalists yet, it’s not difficult to choose the surprise production vehicle of the event, at least if you ask us. We’re talking about the 2017 LC 500 from Lexus. In fact, we talked about the Japanese carmaker’s new halo car yesterday, and we’ve got another LC-related task on our hands for today. To be more specific, we’re bringing you the racing version of the Lex.

Lexus LC 500 Racecar Rendered
Lexus LC 500 Racecar Rendered

Interestingly enough, the balanced aggression of the street car’s design hasn’t been ruined. As it happens on the track, the main change comes courtesy of a noticeable aerodynamic package that builds on the standard styling with ease.

Sure, this is only a rendering for now (helmet tip to YashidDesign), but we wouldn’t be surprised if the carmaker’s motorsport arm, Gazoo Racing (more on this below), came up with such a project in a few years’ time.

We’ll remind you racing activities are a key part of Toyota’s and Lexus’ plans these days, with the motorsport arms of the two brands having united under the Gazoo Racing banner last year.

And while the Le Mans victories may be a difficult venture with Porsche and Audi turning the World Endurance Championship into an in-house game, we want to focus on the Lexus RC F GT3 we met at the 2015 NAIAS. By: autoevolution