#FirstLook: Ahmad Daham’s Lexus RC F Pro Drift Car
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Our very own Red Bull athlete, Ahmad Daham has been announced as an ambassador for the motoring giant – and he’ll be the first to drift in this spectacular motor.
Look at it. Look. At. It. This is the beautiful Lexus RC F Pro Drift spec car, which has just been unveiled by Al-Futtaim Lexus in the UAE.
It’s the spectacular motor that will be driven by Ahmad Daham for the upcoming drift season.
Following the successful launch of the Lexus F Club in the Emirates, the Red Bull athlete – who’s a five-time Middle East Drift Champion and Guinness World Record holder – has been selected as brand ambassador for the Lexus F brand. And as ambassador, he gets to take to the wheel of the world’s first Lexus RC F Pro Drift spec car, which has been completely custom-built in the UAE.
It’s first competition appearance will be in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, followed by events in Norway, the UAE and Oman. In the meantime, the car will be showcased around Lexus showrooms in the UAE, so stay tuned for updates as to where you can find it!
“I am honoured to be partnering with a brand like Lexus. I am really thankful for the support the team have provided me as I built the RC F for the upcoming season. This car is so much fun to drive and I cannot wait to push it to its limit. I look forward to another successful season and am confident with this partnership we will be able to achieve all our objectives,” said Ahmad. “Building a car like this would normally take about 5-6 months but with the support of local garages, the car was fully custom built in the UAE in just 70 days. I would like to thank them for their support in bringing this project to life in record time.”
The Lexus F marque represents the high-performance division of cars, which started in 2008 with the Lexus IS F, followed by the legendary Lexus LFA.
Speaking of the company’s choice of ambassador, Mohamed Maktari, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Lexus, said: “Ahmad Daham is a well-known name not just in the Middle East, but around the world and we are extremely pleased to have partnered with him.
“He has done a fantastic job building this incredible vehicle which now produces 844hp making it the UAE’s most powerful RC F and we are eager to see it compete at global events.”
Ahmad, 32, started his career as a local racing driver before quickly making his mark in the drifting scene both regionally and globally. He has been a dominant figure, taking part in competitions in 11 countries securing over 75 local and regional podiums. He also recently featured in Will Smith’s ‘Bucket List’ where the Hollywood superstar travels across the world and ticks off everything he wants to do in life.
Engine: Lexus 3UR-FE fully built engine
Power: 844 HP / 858 Nm @6400 RPM
Fuel System: Radium fuel system + Fragola PTFE fuel lines
Engine Head: RSG CNC port and polished heads
Engine Forced Induction: Harrop TVS2650 supercharger
Manifold: PPE custom made manifold and exhaust System
Injectors: 1700cc injector dynamics
Transmission: Samsonas 4 speed sequential gearbox
Clutch: Competition clutch MPC twin plate
Angle Kit: Figs engineering front and rear kit
Suspension System: BC racing DR 2-way coil-overs
Brake System: 6 pistons Brembo OEM front brake callipers 4 pistons Brembo OEM rear brake callipers
Body: Pandem Rocket bunny wide body kit
Wheels and Tires: Rays transcend 19x9.5” front Toyo R888R 265/30/19, 19x10.5” rear Toyo R888R 285/35/19
Mirrors: APR GT3 racing mirrors
Electronics: Link Thunder ECU running dual Wideband and dual EGT
Dashboard: AIM Link MXS Dash