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by David Zalstein

The Lexus IS-F CCS-R is set to compete at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event in July.

The race-spec Lexus IS-F, first seen at the 2010 Tokyo auto salon, features a raft of modifications for both performance and safety.

A full roll cage, racing brake kit, racing suspension and racing exhaust join 18-inch wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential, data logger and air jack system.

The 1400kg Orange mica CCS-R is 314kg less than the road-going version thanks to the removal of the cars power windows, door locks, rear seats and roof lining and the extensive use of carbonfibre parts including the dashboard, centre console, bonnet, front guards, door handles, and front and rear spoilers. Lightweight doors and polycarbonate windows also feature.

Inside, a HANS-compatible full racing bucket seat and six-point harness help keep the driver planted when negotiating the Colorado Springs hill climb’s 156 turns that stretch over 19.9km beginning at 2862 metres and finishing at the Pikes Peak summit at 4300 metres.

Hustling the IS-F CCS-R up the famous track is the standard car’s 311kW/505Nm 5.0-litre V8 and eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifts.

The Lexus IS-F CCS-R will be joined by the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution also competing in the 90th year of the event run on July 3–8, 2012, just weeks after Toyota’s return to Le Mans.

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