lexus gs400 ppg pace car

Lexus GS 400 – 1999 PPG Pace Car

A later addition to the PPG Pace Car program, there is little known information on this Lexus GS400.


Designed by TMC Design Studio in Japan and fabricated by Toyota Motorsports,  the GS 400 was first used in 1997, at the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey. It was also used in 1999 at the last two PPG CART World Series races in California.


This car was fitted with a stainless exhaust by Borla, H&R coil overs, larger Brembo 4-piston brakes, and 255/40ZR19 Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires on BBS LM 3-piece wheels 19×8.5″. It was painted in Spectra Blue Chromaflare, featuring graphics designed by Molly Designs.

Mechanically, the rest of the car remains unchanged, including the 4.0-liter/300-plus horsepower, continuously variable valve timing DOHC 32-valve V-8 and the E-Shift five-speed shiftable-automatic transmission.

Like all pace cars in the CART Series, the GS 400 was repainted in PPG colors using that company’s Chromaflare process. The result is an optical “positive-negative” effect as the car is seen in motion and the car seems to change colors.

Current Status

I found a couple of later photos of this car, as well as the 1992 SC400 PPG Pace Car, along with some other Lexus Pace Cars in what appears to be Las Vegas or Las Angeles. If anyone has any current information on this vehicle, please share, as I’d love to add it to this page.

1998 GS 400 PPG Pacecar, courtesy of Club Lexus.

Lexus Pace Cars

  • What happened to this pace car?

    • I’m unsure of its current status, but it appears to have been returned to Toyota after the program. I just added a couple of photos taken in what appear to be at least 2010, based on the other vehicles in the photo.

  • Hey there, both the GS400 and SC400 are still within Toyota’s museum collection and are stored away safely. Rest assured that they still exist!

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