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 |  May 13 2011, 3:47 PM

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Lexus‘ IS-F hasn’t quite become the popular performance sedan many of initially thought it would and the IS-F’s minimal presence in motorsports proves that it may not be the best platform to begin with. There are many enthusiasts out there that are open to proving all the skeptics wrong however, including MN Motorsports who built an IS-F for the Superstars International Series. Now another contender has thrown their hat in the ring as Maurer Motorsport has revealed their widebody IS-F race car to the world.

Not many details have been released yet on this particular IS-F race car, but Maurer Motorsport is no stranger to competitive racing. They currently participate in the Chevrolet Cruze spec-series ADAC Cruze Cup, though the IS-F is clearly a change in both size and power.

The widebody IS-F is undoubtedly awesome in the aesthetics department but with little details on everything else, we’llreserve judgement until it hits the track. Rumor has it that Maurer Motorsport hopes to campaign a total of three new IS-Fs and right now they are still debating whether they’ll participate in the European Production Series or V8 Superstars Series.

GALLERY: Maurer Motorsport Lexus IS-F

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[Source: Facebook via My.IS]

 |  May 11 2011, 8:11 PM

For a luxury brand to be taken seriously nowadays it is a must to go racing with its most potent family car. All the European luxury brands are heavily involved in racing series like DTM, BTCC and the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and their successes on the track are well decorated in showrooms, to show their customers what the brand is capable off.

Japanese luxury car firm Lexus has, however, been less keen on taking the IS-F to racing circuits, but that hasn’t stopped some privateer entries from making race cars out of the brand’s most powerful sedan.

The latest IS-F race car hails from Europe and is campaigned by MN Motorsports team in the Superstars International Series where it will compete alongside other RWD V8-powered monster sedans like the BMW M5, Audi RS4, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes C63 and even the Maserati Quattroporte and Chrysler 300C SRT8.

The team, which is owned by Mauro Nocentini will wear the number 06 and will be driven by Diego Romanini, who is a two-time Formula 3 champion.

The team has had problems at the start of the season, but we wish them all the best for the upcoming races.

[Source: My.Is]