Lexus LFA Gets NASCAR Engine: Video
Getting ready for the 2015 D1 Grand Prix season, four-time champion Yoichi Imamura recently spent some time shaking down his all-new drift car. After years of drifting with Nissan and Mazda cars, Imamura will be sliding through the corners this year in a highly modified Lexus LFA.
To be honest, I’m not really sure what the bigger news is here: the fact that he will be drifting in an LFA in the first place or that said LFA received an unconventional engine swap. In place of the LFA’s stock 4.8-liter DOHC V-10, Imamura’s racecar uses a NASCAR-developed TRD pushrod V-8. In their stock forms, the LFA was tuned to produce 553 horsepower, while the listed horsepower of a modern NASCAR Sprint Cup car is 750.
Regardless of what’s under the hood, the LFA is a drift monster tearing around the figure eight with relative ease, and it sounds just as good as it looks while doing so. At full rev, this LFA has a deeper, throatier growl than the high-revving V-10 it replaced.
As much fun as it is watching this video, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the LFA’s original engine. I can only hope that somewhere out there, this engine is still getting lots of revs under the hood of a Toyota Supra A80.
Now this is hooning, folks!