lexus gs400 ppg pace car

Lexus GS 400 – 1997 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

Unknown. If anyone has any 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.


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