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 byRichard Owen
engineAluminum V8
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement4300 cc / 262.4 in³
bore90.93 mm / 3.58 in
stroke82.6 mm / 3.25 in
power232.7 kw / 312.1 bhp @ 5600 rpm
specific output72.58 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque450.13 nm / 332.0 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front tires265/35 ZR/18
rear tires275/35 ZR/19
front brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
f brake sizex 356 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/Single-Pot Calipers
r brake sizex 305 mm / x 12.0 in
front wheelsF 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18.0 x 9.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbone w/Eibach Racing Coil Springs
r suspensionDouble Wishbone w/Eibach Racing Coil Springs
curb weight1746 kg / 3849 lbs
wheelbase2619 mm / 103.1 in
front track1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track1549 mm / 61.0 in
length4516 mm / 177.8 in
width1826 mm / 71.9 in
height1346 mm / 53.0 in
transmission5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios3.357:1, 2.180:1, 1.424:1, 1.000:1, 0.753:1, :1
0 – 60 mph~est 6.0 seconds