Lexus has cried wolf so many times about the LF-A that despite official word, we are still skeptical that there will be a production version shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon this October. But maybe Lexus has a good reason to make the LF-A the ultimate tease...Maybe Lexus is just trying to get some serious Nürburgring credentials before the car is released to the public. That would explain why its taken almost five years to go from concept to production version, right?
No matter the lame excuses, the LF-A will attend the 24-Hour Race on the Nürburgring this May (it ran this race last year and was just there in April). As always, the LF-A will be competing in the SP8 (engine ‘close-to-production’) class — this means at least race officials believe Toyota/Lexus’ story about getting the LF-A into production.
Most of the news we’ve heard up until now gave the LF-A’s powerplant as a 5.0-liter V10 making abound 500 hp. The only thing that has seemed to have changed is the engine now officially displaces 4.8-liters.
Press release after the jump.
Lexus announces plans for its premium two-seater sports car currently under development, the Lexus LF-A, to again compete in the 37th Nürburgring 24-hour Endurance Race, to be held May 23- 24 in Germany (Rhineland).
Following-on from its participation in 2008, the aim of entering the Lexus LF-A in the grueling Nürburgring 24-hour Endurance Race, is for engineers to obtain technological feedback for the sake of future mass-production of vehicles, as part of their ongoing developmental efforts. TMC also intends to use the racing event as an opportunity to develop human resources, especially by employing young mechanics as support staff.
The vehicle competing in the race, a prototype LF-A currently being developed with an eye on commercialisation, includes safety equipment for the race (roll cage, fuel tank, etc.), as well as a spoiler and other aerodynamic features. The development team has enhanced the vehicle’s performance this year by fine-tuning it in line with the racetrack, while specifications for the engine, powertrain, and frame remain largely unchanged.
The two car team line-up includes drivers such as Armin Hahne, Jochen Krumbach and
The Lexus brand is active in motor sport mainly in the USA and in Japan. Lexus successes include winning the legendary Daytona 24 Hours in 2006, 2007 and 2008, the GrandAm championship (Grand American Rolex Series) with a historical record of wins and the Super GT title in Japan in 2006 with the Lexus SC 430.
Vehicle (racecar) name Lexus LF-A (racing specs)
Entry category/class Division 2 SP8 (engine ‘close-to-production’)
Team name GAZOO Racing
Displacement: 4,805 cc
Maximum engine output: over 500PS
- Total length: 4,530mm
- Total width: 1,880mm
- Total height: 1,200mm
- Wheelbase: 2,605mm
Body: carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)
Vehicle layout Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle, rear radiator
Transmission Paddle-shift sequential manual transmission
Front/rear size: 305/30R20
Bridgestone racing tires