The NSW Police Force has added a potent new weapon to its arsenal - a 5.0-litre V8-powered Lexus RC F coupe. The RC F will be a multi-purpose vehicle for the NSW Police, playing an active role in roadside campaigns to promote road safety while also featuring as a static display at community engagement activities such as the MS Sydney to the Gong bike ride. It will also appear at motorsport events including the Bathurst Six Hour during Easter as a race control vehicle, opening and closing the circuit before and after races.
The coupe will operate in the NSW Police's Southern Region, which is based in Wollongong and takes in a vast area from Deniliquin Local Area Command in the west to Goulburn and Griffith at its northernmost points. Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said there would be significant benefit from providing the vehicle to the NSW Police.
"It gives us great pleasure to provide the NSW Police with a stunning RC F coupe to assist them with their important task of promoting safety on our roads - a critical issue for all road users as we enter the Easter Period and colder months of the year," McGregor said. "We are also confident the public will enjoy interacting with the RC F when it is on display at the events, providing a visual statement with its arresting styling package and an audible thrill thanks to its high output V8 engine."
Inspector Jim Fryday of the NSW Police's Southern Region said the RC F would be an ideal addition to the force's busy events schedule. "The RC F will be a major help in our efforts to engage with the public at major gatherings around the state," Inspector Fryday said. "There will be further opportunities at motorsport events to communicate our message to race fans while showing off the RC F in a very appropriate setting."
The RC F's V8 engine produces 351kW and 530Nm and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift transmission, while an adjustable torque vectoring differential optimally distributes torque to each wheel. The RC F provides focused handling thanks to a stiff chassis and racetrack developed suspension, featuring ZF Sachs monotube shock absorbers. It also has a Brembo brake package for optimum stopping power.
The high performance mechanical package combines with an aggressive, aerodynamic styling package and cockpit-like interior that features competition-inspired high back sports seats, steering wheel, pedals and instrument meters.
Lexus has clarified its position on participating in Australian motorsport, announcing it will continue to provide support vehicles to V8 Supercars but not enter the championship as a fully-fledged competitor. Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the luxury marque would continue to have a presence in V8 Supercars while monitoring the sport's developments, including the 2017 Gen2 Supercar regulations that open up the series to new engine and body configurations.
"At this stage we will not enter V8 Supercars as a competitor, but we are delighted to continue providing high performance Lexus support vehicles, including the RC F V8 Safety Car," Hanley said. "V8 Supercars remains a strong interest for Lexus and we will keenly watch how the sport evolves with the new regulations in 2017."