This 1,200 PS Lexus RC F is the world's most advanced drift car

Jason/Aug 02, 2020 11:00 AM

Professional drift cars are powerful, that much is obvious. All that grunt is needed to go sideways, vaporise tyres and send vlouds of smoke up in the air. This Lexus RC F you see here is one of the most powerful professional drift machines out there today, but that's not what makes it special. The proof of the pudding is in its chassis. 

For once, the 1,200 PS in this Lexus isn't the biggest headline-maker. What's truly remarkable about this particular RC F is the fact that it weighs a full 575 kgs lighter than the standard road-going version. How did they do it?

While most purpose-built drift cars will definitely be stripped out to minimise weight, this RC F's exterior body panels have been replaced with ones that are made from carbon kevlar. This idea was said to be inspired by Lexus' obsession with detail. So, taking a leaf of ouf Lexus' takumi master craftsmen, the creators extracted every horsepower and weight-reduction that was possible. 

The result? 1,200 PS from the legendary 2JZ-GTE engine, powering a car the weighs 1,250 kg. That gives this RC F a power-to-weight ratio of 732 PS/tonne. For comparison, the Bugatti Chiron, the most powerful production car in the world currently (1,479 PS) has a power-to-weight ratio of 545 PS/tonne.

This insane RC F is a collaboration between Lexus and it's distributor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The person tasked with piloting it is no other than Red Bull athlete Ahmad Daham. Ahmad who, you ask? He is a five-time Middle East drift champion and Guinness World Record holder (with fellow drifter James Deane) of the longest twin vehicle drift.

1200 PS in a 1250 kg, dedicated drift machine? What more can man ask for? Watch Ahmad Daham and the RC F drift car in their element below.