Lexus LF-A

Lexus LF-A

Formula One uses a Mercedes SLS AMG . The Indianapolis 500 has a Chevrolet Camaro SS . Now, you can add a Lexus LF-A to the growing list of high-powered pace cars that have been used this year by a bonafide racing event.

The 2011 LF-A, Lexus’ resident supercar, served as the official pace car of the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, an open-wheel racing event held every year at the streets of Long Beach, California. Just in case you need a refresher, the race is part of the Izod IndyCar Series calendar. It was actually held last weekend where England’s Mike Conway emerged as the winner for Andretti Autosport.

Dressed in black with matching white stripes and looking the part of a Japanese zebra, the LF-A Pace Car was undoubtedly a pleasant surprise for a lot of us. We don’t know if the car will be used in other IndyCar races for the rest of the year, but we’re certainly hoping to see more of it down the road, hopefully even at a race that doesn’t have Toyota as a title sponsor.

As a brief refresher, the 2011 LF-A is a supercar that’s powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that delivers a maximum output of 560 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.

The Lexus LF-A is already an exclusive super car in its own right. And as it the case when exclusivity begets more exclusivity, Lexus has announced that they are releasing a new track edition LF-A optimized for circuit driving. It’s called the Nürburgring Package and references the world-famous race track in Germany where the legend of the LF-A came to life.

The Lexus LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP, but for the LF-A Nurburgring Track Edition the output will be raised to 570 HP. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 3.7 seconds, and top speed will go up to 210 mph.

The Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Package will be offered in only four colors: Matte Black, Black, White, and Orange. Interior colors options are also limited: black and red, black and purple, or just black.

It goes without saying that Lexus struck gold in its first foray into the realm of the super car; a remarkable achievement considering that before the LF-A came to life, the words ’Lexus’ and ’supercar’ were as synonymous to each other as peanut butter and carrots.

UPDATE 09/07/2011: It’s official! The LFA Nurburgring has lapped the famous Nurburgring in only 7 minutes and 14 seconds! This new record was achieved at the hands of Akira Iida using the Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires that come standard with the LFA Nurburgring Edition. The 7:14 time beats out the competition provided by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7:18), the Corvette ZR1 (7:19.63), and the Dodge Viper ACR (7:22.1).

Check out the video of the lap by clicking on the image above!

UPDATE 10/30/2011: One of the only 50 LF-A Nurburgring units have been brought by Lexus at its SEMA stand in las vegas. And this was the perfect opportunity for us to bring you a new set of high res images. Find them in the picture gallery.

Hit the jump to find more about the LF-A Nurburgring Package.

Correct us if we’re wrong, but we believe it is every man’s dream to have a cool supercar in his garage and a hot girl in his bed. Whether any man wants to deny it or not, his wildest dreams certainly feature these two components and Lexus has taken full advantage of this in their latest video for the Lexus LF-A which features supermodel Rianne ten Haken. Sounds like a deadly combination to us!

The 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. As a result, the LF-A can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH. Put these next to Rianne ten Haken’s measurements of 33-24-35 and tell us which set of numbers you prefer!

Watch to see what happens!

Excuse us if we just swallowed a pear-sized gulp of despair…

Normally speaking, any news about the Lexus LF-A – with the exception of car crashes – is a delight for us. As one of our favorite supercars on the planet, we can’t get enough of the LF-A. But today, we found something about the LF-A that made us cringe. Badly.

Paris Hilton – yes, the same Paris Hilton that has a penchant for socializing, excessive partying, and pink Bentley Continental GTs – was given a sunny Lexus LF-A for her 30th birthday by boyfriend, Cy Waits. If it isn’t enough that the car costs $375,000, it’s going to be under the ownership of one Ms. Paris Hilton.

To be fair to her, the millionaire heiress looks to be in a good place in her life these days and hasn’t been in trouble for a while now. So we’ll give her that. But still, to give her the keys to a Lexus LF-A? We hate to say this, and forgive us for thinking this way, but we have this weird feeling that something’s going to happen to that beautiful supercar.

Then again, maybe it’s just all the pent-up envy and jealousy talking.

Source: Daily Mail

Looks like the Lexus LF-A supercar will be having its own tuning program real soon. Recently, Lexus North America and Los Angeles-based auto tuner, CEC, struck a partnership where the latter will be tasked to create a tuning program for the LF-A supercar. The program will be limited to just three models with each car coming with a number of modifications that will be built specifically to the whims of each of the car owners.

According to CEC, the whole scope of the tuning program will only cover aesthetic improvements, which means that the car’s overall performance will be kept untouched.

Claus Ettensberger, founder of CEC and the guy who was the first to get a speeding ticket in the Lexus, said: "We looked at the LFA and what Lexus engineers had done, and knew it would be crazy to try and improve it from a performance or engineering standpoint."

Despite having no performance upgrades, CEC still managed to boost the supercar’s output with another 10 horsepower – from 560 to 570 horsepower – while slicing off the shift time to .15 of a second.

The three modified LF-A’s have yet to be revealed, but word that somebody’s actually building them is getting us all excited about the possibilities of what they’re going to look like. It might be tooting their own horn, but according to Sherif Yassa, CEC’s vice president, the three modified LF-A’s will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

"We believe these three CEC Tuner Edition LFAs will be the most expensive and rarest of all the LFA supercars that Lexus will manufacturer and sell worldwide," said Yassa.

Knowing what we know about Lexus and CEC, we’re not doubting them the least bit.

Source: Autoblog

Few technological advancements have been as important in the auto industry as the development of carbon fiber. Lighter yet stronger than most materials that were once used in building vehicles, carbon fiber has become an integral element in the development of some of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars on the planet, including Formula One race cars.

On their end, Lexus knows a thing or two about supercars with the development of the LF-A . The company has even taken to new lengths to provide the LF-A with the best possible materials by building their very own carbon fiber loom to create the carbon fiber materials that will be used in the LF-A.

The revolutionary loom is able to weave three-dimensional carbon fiber shapes that will be put in the company’s supercar, including the steering wheel and the A-pillar. Knowing the great lengths company’s go through to outfit as much carbon fiber as possible on their supercars, Lexus saw fit to take the game to a whole new level with the invention of the carbon fiber loom, a technology that’s the first of its kind in the world.

Eventually, the machine will also be used to create materials for other Lexus models, signaling a concrete step in helping bring the weight down and improve performance of the company’s future vehicles.

Check out the video featuring Lexus’ new carbon fiber loom. If there ever was any indication just how fast technology is shaping the auto industry today, this is it.

Source: Lexus

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the Lexus LF-A in varying shapes and colors, drooling over these Japanese supercars every chance we find. All that time, however, the LF-A was nothing more than just a prototype because the production version wasn’t even being built yet.

All that changed on December 15th of last year when Lexus officially began production of the LF-A at the Motomachi production plant in Japan. A little over a month later, the first-ever production model – a bright orange version similar to the Nurburgring Package - of the LF-A was rolled out of the production block.

The work on the car is done by 170 people all of which have a specific role in the build of the Japanese supercar. Among them include specialists that only handle the carbon fiber components found in the car. In addition to that, the building of the LF-A and all the subsequent procedures done on each car are recorded and kept on journals, with each of these journals estimated to be 3,500 pages long.

We can’t blame Lexus for being this meticulous when it comes to building their maiden supercar. It took them a few years and a number of prototypes to get to this point, so we understand why they’re being very detail-oriented with the Lexus LF-A.

$375,000 a car will do that to you.

The American magazine, Car And Driver, had the amazing opportunity to drive two of the most impressive sports cars out there: the new Lexus LF-A and the Ferrari 599 HGTE . And yes, both were painted in white to no doubt add a little something to the comparison. The two models were matched up on the streets of Wales.

The 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. It can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH. The Ferrari on the other hand gets a V12 engine with 611 HP as well as a number of changes to increase the car’s driving dynamics. Don’t put them in the winner’s circle just yet, though, because the HGTE was still slower than the lightweight, mid engine V8 powered F-430 Scuderia

So how did the Ferrari 599 HGTE fare against the Lexus LF-A? Check out the video to find out!

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Lexus hasn’t been able to sleep easy as of late with the Germans rising up with their new vehicles. According to Autoweek, the Japanese luxury automaker is mulling a few new ideas to stay ahead of the competition.

Lexus will likely stop building the LFA once the 500 units have been delivered, so if you were lucky enough to buy one, congratulations. If not, Lexus is considering the LFA Roadster once again . According to the story, the roadster version of the supercar might be built in greater numbers, but it could take up to a year for it to be released.

Although not as exciting, the Lexus VX might be entering the model lineup as a step-up from the RX crossover. The VX could feature seven-seats and more interior room, as well as improved driving dynamics. The company is also considering a rival to the BMW X6 , but let’s hope they don’t.

Finally, the CT200h hybrid hatchback is nearing completion and we are highly anticipating its release. The rest of the models in the lineup will be getting a few updates here and there.

Source: Autoweek

Well, another one bites the dust. Not exactly, but some may say that a supercar going hybrid might as well have completely lost their credibility as a lean ,mean fast-going machine, and it seems that the V10-powered LF-A is going to end up being one of them. Lexus is planning on bringing a plug-in hybrid version of the sports car as a direct response to Porsche’s 918 Spyder Hybrid supercar. In fact, the first prototypes have already been caught testing.

Compared to a standard Lexus LF-A, the mule caught testing has received bucket monofilament tail lamps, but is missing the spikes on the leading edge of the C-pillar. The side scoop and front fascia have also received some changes as they have been reworked, possibly to distinguish the hybrid from the standard LF-A. The hybrid system will also come with a complex system of batteries and sockets that will help reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.

This is all still speculation, of course, considering we have received no official statement stating that Lexus will be creating a hybrid version of the LF-A, but we wouldn’t be surprised considering the snowball effect hybrids are having these days. Let us know what you think after the jump.

Source: Inside Line

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