Become a Member: Get Ad-Free Access to All Our Content
2002 Lexus SC430 Pace Car

2002 Lexus SC430 Pace Car

2002 Lexus SC430 Pace Car

This summer a very special Lexus SC430 will be showing a clean pair of exhaust pipes to the snarling field of Indy Cars. Already a striking vehicle, the company’s US Motorsports Technical Centre has turned the sleek sport coupe into a car that demands attention with its bright, metallic silver exterior, edgy purple and yellow race stripes, silver wheels and purple leather interior.

Engineers gave the SC430 pace car 28 additional horses for a total of 312 horsepower and added 25lb.ft. of torque to give the convertible an even quicker start off the line.

Other modifications in the body-building regime include a full safety roll cage, four-point racing seatbelt harness, race-tuned suspension, Eibach racing coil springs and Bilstein shock absorbers. 18-inch front and 19-inch rear SSR wheels are fitted with Bridgestone Potenza 265/35ZR/18 tyres in the front and 275/35ZR/19 in the rear. These ensure the SC430 pace car achieves the increased cornering capability and control needed to stay at the head of a field of racing cars.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Aluminum V8
position Front
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 4300 cc / 262.4 in³
bore 90.93 mm / 3.58 in
stroke 82.6 mm / 3.25 in
compression 10.5:1
power 232.7 kw / 312.1 bhp @ 5600 rpm
specific output 72.58 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 450.13 nm / 332.0 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front tires 265/35 ZR/18
rear tires 275/35 ZR/19
front brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
f brake size x 356 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/Single-Pot Calipers
r brake size x 305 mm / x 12.0 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18.0 x 9.5 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbone w/Eibach Racing Coil Springs
r suspension Double Wishbone w/Eibach Racing Coil Springs
curb weight 1746 kg / 3849 lbs
wheelbase 2619 mm / 103.1 in
front track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1549 mm / 61.0 in
length 4516 mm / 177.8 in
width 1826 mm / 71.9 in
height 1346 mm / 53.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 3.357:1, 2.180:1, 1.424:1, 1.000:1, 0.753:1, :1
0 – 60 mph ~est 6.0 seconds