Lexus LF-A

Lexus LF-A

As car buffs, we all can’t help but be extremely jealous of Jay Leno. Not only does he have a collection of cars that most automotive museums would crave, but he also gets to drive some of the rarest cars in the world. This time around, he gets to drive the rarest version of one of the rarest cars in the world.

The Lexus LFA only saw a total of 500 examples built and that’s no mas. To boot, all 500 examples were never touched by anyone during the entire manufacturing and testing phase, as they all were required to wear gloves during the whole process. The 500th example of the LFA just so happens to be the only production LFA that lacks a key component: a roof.

Yes, this one-of-a-kind LFA is a real-life spyder. Not one that has a folding roof, a removable hard top, or even a rag top; it has no roof at all. So when you have a one-off model of a 500-model production car that no one in the production process is allowed to touch, what should you do the second it rolls off of the production line? Let Jay Leno beat the hell out of it at Fuji Speedway, of course.

Not only is the video awesome because Jay gets us a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process, but you also get a good listen to the sweet sound of that 552-horsepower V-10 working hard. So what does Jay really think about the LFA now that he’s gotten it on the track and felt all the goodness that makes up this Lexus supercar. You’ll have to check out the above video to see.

Lexus held its first-ever LF-A owners event at the Laguna Seca Raceway on August 23, 2012. This was the perfect opportunity for us to watch a bunch of LF-A supercars in action on the famous raceway.

A Lexus LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM. In this video, there’s no less than 16 supercars, so our mathematical abilities calculate that there was about 8,960 HP in just one place! Now that’s some math we like to do.

Aside from featuring the Lexus LF-A’s as they do their thing on the track, the video also features Watch Scott Pruett, pro driver, as he gives some helpful hints to nearly two dozen owners. These owners then got to try their hand at one of the most prestigious race tracks in the country. We bet every owner left with a smile on their face that day.

Building a racecar is a tall task, but building one that is to endure the stresses of running at full bore for 24 hours is a real test. Since 2008, Lexus and Gazoo racing have partnered up to bring the Lexus LFA to SP8 endurance class. Every year that the LFA took to the starting grid at the Nürburgring 24, there were issues. Be it a vehicle-disabling wreck, mechanical malfunction, or simply poor performance, the team never finished higher than 41st overall.

In 2012, the team showed up at the Nürburgring as humbled as they had ever been, calling themselves rookies, despite five years of running the race. The humbleness and hard word paid off for the team this year, as is took home the top spot in the SP8 class and 15th place overall. This was the first time since the Dodge Viper GTS won in 2001 and 2002 that a non-German automaker won the SP8 class.

In celebration of this notorious victory, and the five years of knuckle busting wrench turning and headache-inducing engineering that Lexus and Gazoo has endured, the two have released a video chronicling its journey to success. Sure, the video is very short – only 4:14 – but the detail covered in such a short period of time is simply incredible.

The team lets you into the action and if you don’t get into the video, you may want to check your pulse real quick. There is some awesome sound too, so make sure you have your speakers or headphones cranked up.


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The Lexus LFA is unquestionably one of the best-sounding exotic sports cars currently on the market. Its 552 horsepower, 4.8-liter V10 engine delivers an incredible howl unmatched by any of its competitors and the following video helps to demonstrate just how incredible the LFA sounds. Oh yeah, and it also appears to be quite tail-happy too.

Captured at an exclusive Lexus Spindle Night in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan, three LFAs, including the uber-exclusive LFA Nurburgring Edition were brought together into an outdoor arena to perform what only can be described as a lovely Japanese ballet.

After all, drifting is arguably the largest and most internationally-recognized sport to have ever come out of the Land of the Samurai, and this video helps to demonstrate just how happy the Japanese are to test the true performance capabilities of every car out there.

Check out the video above and keep the following performance stats in mind. As mentioned, the LFA’s 4.8-liter V10 engine pumps out a Lamborghini Gallardo -equalling 552hp at an incredible 8,800 rpm at 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm. Most impressively however, is the fact that 90 percent of that torque is available between 3,700 rpm and the car’s 9,000 rpm redline!

Lexus LF-A Roadster

Lexus may have pulled one over on us by revealing an LF-A contest instead of a special edition LF-A supercar , but at least we’re getting some good news to put us in better spirits. A Lexus insider has revealed that the company plans to revive its sedan line-up, adding a coupe based on the wild LF-LC concept, possibly a coupe derived from the GS, and a new, smaller five-passenger crossover. The biggest news, however, is the launch of a roadster LF-A for mid-2014.

Next to the changes we’ve seen so far in the GS , ES , and LS , Lexus will also be working on a re-engineered IS for the spring of 2013. It will be built on a shortened version of the GS platform and will feature the same 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter engines, as well as a new exterior design that will differentiate it from the IS. Next, there will be a GS Coupe - placed between the IS-C and LF-LC - priced at about $60K.

As for a production version of the LF-LC concept, it has been confirmed for late 2014 as a competitor for the Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 911 Turbo . Lexus’ SUV line-up will see redesigns for the RX and LX in 2014 and 2015 respectively, while a smaller CX will compete against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 and will arrive in the fall of 2013.

A few days ago, Lexus launched a video called "Unleash the LFA," together with the promise that we would see something big on August 1st. Of course, we were all hoping to see a special edition LF-A , especially considering all of the spy shots we have seen in the past few weeks - like the images of the AD-A and the AD-B prototypes.

Unfortunately, the issuance of a special edition never happened. Instead, Lexus has announced an "Unleash the LF-A" contest that will provide viewers an opportunity to get behind the wheel of a real Lexus LF-A supercar on a private race track. Not exactly a special edition, but at least Lexus wasn’t lying when Etienne Plas, senior manager of product communications for Lexus Europe, said, "We have no plans to produce and sell any new special edition of the LFA."

Lexus is celebrating the launch of their new "Golden Opportunity Sales Event" by offering one lucky guy the chance to climb behind the wheel of an LFA. All you have to do to enter the contest is launch the contest app), fill out the entry form, and you could win a trip to Salinas California to spend the day at the Skip Barber Racing School where you will have exclusive one-on-one time with professional race-car driver Scott Pruett.

Interested Facebookers have until August 21, 2012 to put in their entries and one random winner will be selected on August 24, 2012. Good luck!

For full legal mumbo-jumbo, visit the Lexus Facebook page.

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With Lexus recently confirming that the two mysterious LFA prototypes spotted near the Nurburgring will never hit production, PUR Wheels recently took matters into their own hands by creating one of their most tasteful projects thus far: ‘Project Reignfire.’

Fitting a set of 21”, three-piece, forged aluminum 4OUR DEPTH wheels to this stunning red LFA helps to really bring the entire Japanese supercar package together by adding to the overall street appeal of this particular LFA immensely.

Finished in gloss Lumiere grey, the 4OUR DEPTH wheels help to accentuate the lines of the LFA, with the low profile tires also doing wonders for the overall look of the car.

No performance tuning has been conducted on this particular LFA, but after looking at the LFA’s stock spec sheet, it’s no wonder that PUR wheels decided to keep all the mechanics stock! Featuring a 4.8-liter V10 engine, the size of a traditional V8 and the weight of a V6, that delivers 552 horsepower at 8,800 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm, the LFA is unquestionably a true performance car.

Source: PUR wheels

A few weeks ago, we brought you the first spy shots of two mysterious Lexus LF-A prototypes: the AD-A and the AD-B. Shortly after those images covered the internet, Lexus announced that no special edition LF-A models would be built as a farewell to the legendary sports car. However, today the company has released a very short promo video of a mysterious LF-A edition set to be released on August 1st, 2012.

No other details have been offered, and at this point, some people would be willing to call Lexus a bunch of liars, and we couldn’t exactly argue with that. What we do know is that Lexus may not have been lying about those two prototypes specifically. According to Lexus, these two prototypes testing featured changes like an additional air intake on the hood, a small bootlid spoiler, and twin exhaust pipes on both sides placed just under the rear lights, and that they were built for technical or research purposes. These changes may be for the next gen LF-A, but not for the current model, so saying that the current generation would not see a special farewell model isn’t quite a lie.

All of that being said, something is definitely cooking in Lexus’ kitchen, and so far, all they have served up about it is a less than edible promo video. Check back with us on August 1st to see what exactly is going on with the new special edition Lexus LF-A.

A few days after showing you Flo Rida’s chrome Bugatti Veyron , we were given word that another supercar just got the chrome treatment: the Lexus LF-A .

This particular LF-A is being touted as the first one of its kind to be wrapped in chrome, which was done by a company called Exotic Graphix. The supercar is expected to make its debut at the annual MotorEx 2012 car show in Australia and is getting considerable attention because a) it looks awesome, and b) becomes it looks really, really awesome.

We know the trick with chrome-wrapped cars and how it’s tough to keep aesthetic maintenance of the car considering its chrome nature. But if you can make it worth the time and resources, you have a supercar that just blows you away just by looking at it.

This is one of them. About the only thing more staggering than its aesthetics is the monstrous price tag attached to it: AUD$779,000. That’s around $800,000 based on current exchange rates.

Lexus LF-A

Earlier this week, we brought forward reports that Aston Martin is considering downsizing its lineup of engines, which almost exclusively include V-8s and V-12s. This consideration is an obvious attempt to squeeze a few more mpg out of its lineup without depleting horsepower, which will allow the boutique automaker to achieve the fuel economy numbers required by the ongoing CAFE standards.

According to De Telegraf, Aston Martin may be considering Toyota as a partner in this downsizing attempt. In particular, Aston is eyeballing the V-10 engine used in the Lexus LF-A and the 8-pot used in several other Lexus models.

If you are wondering how Aston plans to milk these engines out of Toyota , keep in mind that Aston and Toyota already have a working agreement for Aston Martin to use the Toyota iQ to create its own Cygnet . So, for Aston Martin executives to get into conversation with Toyota brass about this possibility wouldn’t take too much.

The only issue that Toyota may have is the fact that this sharing of engines may result in added competition for the LFA and other Lexus models. Then again, with Aston Martin being such an exclusive brand without a long production list, Toyota Toyota may not see this as a threat, but rather a way to get its name on the tip of premium sports car buyers’ tongues. This could result in the ultimate word-of-mouth advertising for Lexus’ sports cars, which will soon include a car that may rival Aston Martins, the LF-LC.

We’ll keep you up to date on this developing situation and let you know as soon as more details become available.

Source: De Telegraf

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