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Old 30 Jan 2018, 14:46 (Ref:3796913)   #106
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I feel a lot - if not all - depends on the new 'possible global prototype' regs. We'll see.
I think the Lexus GT is not working. If they have to redone the car, why not to do a DPi instead.
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Old 30 Jan 2018, 15:10 (Ref:3796918)   #107
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I think the Lexus GT is not working. If they have to redone the car, why not to do a DPi instead.
Agree, lexus gt3 is not a great car afterall.
Anyway, TRD Usa could supervise the whole program.
The lexus engine, judging by mandatory bop relimiter should have torque/power figures similiar to the old DP 5L engines; just enlarge it to 5.5L and basically 60% of job is done.
Buy a pair of dallaras, who already know how to modify their car to fit a 5.5L inside, and just develope some cool lights/nose parts.
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Old 30 Jan 2018, 20:04 (Ref:3796991)   #108
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Agree, lexus gt3 is not a great car afterall.
https://lexusenthusiast.com/2016/10/...t-nurburgring/

https://www.lexus.com.au/about-lexus...lexus-rc-f-gt3

The second one isn't dated, but it refers to the 2017 season. While the car was going "meh" in IMSA, it was winning races in Europe.

The car is fine. It's the team running it that's the problem.
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Old 30 Jan 2018, 21:57 (Ref:3797009)   #109
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The second one isn't dated, but it refers to the 2017 season. While the car was going "meh" in IMSA, it was winning races in Europe.

The car is fine. It's the team running it that's the problem.
Maybe the car doesn't work well with the Continental tires.
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Maybe the car doesn't work well with the Continental tires.
Given who we're dealing with, I'd still suspect the team before the tires.
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More fuel for the Lexus Dpi rumor?

http://www.racer.com/imsa/item/14713...ted-autosports
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I think the Lexus GT is not working. If they have to redone the car, why not to do a DPi instead.
Lexus GT not working? Watch some International GT Open races on YouTube in 2017. The car is good. I think the 3GT team was incompetent in 2017. It looks like they are much better in 2018. Correct to clean the driver slate except for Hawksworth.
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Lexus GT not working? Watch some International GT Open races on YouTube in 2017. The car is good. I think the 3GT team was incompetent in 2017. It looks like they are much better in 2018. Correct to clean the driver slate except for Hawksworth.


In GT open they ran all pro entries against a mostly pro am grid, so it’s not a huge proof of value on the car
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Lexus GT not working? Watch some International GT Open races on YouTube in 2017. The car is good. I think the 3GT team was incompetent in 2017. It looks like they are much better in 2018. Correct to clean the driver slate except for Hawksworth.
I didn't think the Lexus team was terrible last year. They had a pole didn't they? But you are correct, new drivers can't hurt.
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In GT open they ran all pro entries against a mostly pro am grid, so it’s not a huge proof of value on the car
Yes, it is. It doesn't matter how good a driver is, if the car is junk, they will do nothing.

But put a good car in the hands of a bad team, and it will still look like crap. While I don't hold Paul Gentilozzi in QUITE as low a regard(barely) as many others, the fact of the matter is that he has never been able to run a competent program on this level.
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The latest on Belle Isle, per Crain’s Business Detroit.

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Organizers of the Detroit Grand Prix are facing a new obstacle to bringing the event back after this year.

The site that landscape designer Piet Oudolf has chosen for the garden he's designing for Belle Isle is located where the grandstands are set up during the Grand Prix.

"If the Grand Prix continued, we obviously wouldn't be able to put a grandstand there any longer," Race Chairman Bud Denker said Thursday.
Note the organizers haven't yet submitted a proposal for 2019, though they promise to make a decision about the race's future by early June, when the race is this year.
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In GT open they ran all pro entries against a mostly pro am grid, so it’s not a huge proof of value on the car
There's going to be 5 of them in Super GT this year iirc. Looks like a good value when that's the most subscribed GT3 car in the series. Last year it came very close to winning the GT300 title in it's first year with the current car. Same thing with the Emil Frey Lexus in GT Open.

I think the team in GTD is lacking something, and the continental tires aren't any help either when it was developed mostly on Michelin's at the Nurburgring
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Agree that the car Lexus was running in Super GT until 2016 was crap, but last year's car was definitely much better.

I have to say that 3GT did look better this time around at Daytona, so let's see how they fare in the next few races.
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As a result of the fuji Alonso debacle. I think a good revenge is to pull the Sebring 1500 mile race from the wec. I think imsa with the Sebring track have the power to do this still?
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As a result of the fuji Alonso debacle. I think a good revenge is to pull the Sebring 1500 mile race from the wec. I think imsa with the Sebring track have the power to do this still?
I think IMSA is more professional than that. However the ACO/WEC’s Alonso love could undermine the combined event. Sebring is the third Saturday in March. Suppose the F1 schedule also starts that same weekend but Alonso still also want to race in the WEC. Does the WEC then demand that IMSA change the date for Sebring?

Based upon recent events, the answer is almost certainly yes. The answer from IMSA should be to tell the WEC to pound stand — Sebring is a very traditional race held on at a very specific time each year. The WEC then jumps ships, holding an event someplace else at a date that can accommodate Alonso's schedule and blames IMSA in general and Sebring in particular for “forcing” them to move their portion of the event.
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