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Lexus Wants to Enter V8 Supercar Racing

Lexus Wants to Enter V8 Supercar Racing

Australia’s Lexus boss Sean Hanley says the automaker is currently evaluating joining the V8 Supercar grid for 2017. This is thanks to potentially shifting rules in the race series that would allow two-door cars to race. Luckily, Lexus just happens to have such a car that qualifies: the 2015 RC F.

The automaker has already showcased a potential race variant of the RC F in GT3 form. Now with changing rules, things are looking up.

“I would have shut the door on motorsport a year ago, particularly V8 Supercar racing in terms of a promotion, marketing and brand exercise," Hanley says. "But I think the door is slightly open."

Unfortunately, we shouldn’t expect anything from Lexus on the V8 Supercar series in the next two years. However, Hanley countered himself saying. "But what is equally clear to me, is if there is eligibility that allowed a coupe, we have a coupe that could go into that race and do pretty well."

He confesses the company does have an interest in GT3 and a race like the Bathurst 12 Hour, but no firm plans have been made.

Lexus is technically ready to race in the Bathurst 12 Hour race this coming February, as those regulations would already allow the RC F GT3 to compete. Perhaps the automaker just isn’t ready to make that announcement yet.

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Confusion Reigns On The Status Of The Lexus LFA Successor

Confusion Reigns On The Status Of The Lexus LFA Successor

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. A successor to the Lexus LFA has been a heated topic largely because everybody seems to have an opinion on whether Lexus is planning one or not. A few weeks ago, Lexus Executive Vice President Mark Templin told Automotive News that Toyota President Akio Toyota wants to build an LFA for this generation of vehicles.

But now, Yukihiko Yaguchi, the chief engineer of Lexus’ RC F program, told CarAdvice at the launch of the RC F in New York last week that there are no active plans to build a successor to the LFA.

So who do we believe now?

If we’re basing it on hierarchy, Templin’s statement might have more weight to it, and let’s be honest, we want to believe the guy because he’s the one who said that an LFA supercar successor is going to happen!

Is it possible that Yaguchi, whose statements were said via an interpreter, may have been misquoted? I personally don’t know and I’d like to believe that our colleagues at CarAdvice vetted that information before posting it.

Or maybe both guys are actually saying the same thing but with different timetables? Maybe Yaguchi is right by saying that Lexus has no immediate plans, and Templin is also correct that Lexus is planning on building one, just not right now?

Are you confused yet?

Hopefully, we have a clearer answer soon because all this “will they-won’t they” talk is giving me a headache.
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Report: BMW and Lexus Joining Forces for a New Supercar

Report: BMW and Lexus Joining Forces for a New Supercar

A successor to the Lexus LF-A has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and while it remains unclear on when the supercar will be launched, Japanese magazine Best Car continues to stress that Lexus will have some help in building the successor to the LF-A. That help, apparently, will come from BMW. This rumor has been brewing for some time now, but if you really think about it, it’s hard to make any sense of it because Lexus and BMW aren’t exactly bosom buddies. Sure, there’s a healthy amount of respect for the other brand, but at their core, the two consider the other as rivals.

Why would BMW help Lexus develop the new LF-A when it could compete directly with the i8? It just doesn’t make sense considering the lengths Lexus has taken in the past year to line up car after car to compete against German brands like BMW.

Maybe Best Car knows something that none of us do, which could explain why the magazine appears to be insisting that a BMW-Lexus collaboration is in the works. But call us skeptical on this rumor because we just don’t see the sense behind it.

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Video: Motor Trend Puts the Lexus LF-A on the Track Once Again

Video: Motor Trend Puts the Lexus LF-A on the Track Once Again

Lexus stopped building the LF-A in December 2012 and now, one year later, the folks at Motor Trend decided to remind us just how outstanding the LF-A was.

Motor Trend did so by featuring this discontinued supercar in the latest episode of World’s Fastest Car Show. Justin Bell took the LF-A out of the Toyota Museum and oushed it as hard as he could..

For those that don’t remember, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivers a total of 560 horsepower that sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph. It was built in standard version that Lexus priced at $375,000 and in a Nürburgring package priced from $445,000.

Check out the above video to see if the LF-A still amazes as much as it did when Lexus first launched the incredible model.

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Video: Lexus LF-A Sounds Great at 124 MPH

Video: Lexus LF-A Sounds Great at 124 MPH

While we await seeing the unveiling of the new LF-Lc, the LF-A continues catching our attention whenever the opportunity arises. Like this time when it was filmed testing on a racetrack in Dubai.

The video starts with a few shots of the car, giving us the opportunity to remember what a great design it was and continues to be. Then the video cuts to shots of the LF-A lapping the racetrack. If you ever wondered how LF-A’s V-10 engine sounds at 124 mph (200 km/h), this is your change to find out. We have a little advice for you though: turn up your volume really high so you can really enjoy that incredible music.

As a reminder, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. This helps sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

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Video: Tribute to the Lexus LF-A

Video: Tribute to the Lexus LF-A

The Lexus LF-A supercar went out of production in December 2012; but even so, Lexus is still very proud of the model it developed. So proud that today it released a sweet tribute video that reminds us what a great car the LF-A is.

The idea of creating one of the world’s greatest supercars started back in 2000 when Lexus engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi, assembled a team of engineers and launched this challenging project. After being almost canceled on several occasions, the LF-A was finally put into production in 2010.

It was limited to only 500 units, each carrying a price tag of $375,000. The LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. This helped sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

According to Lexus, the materials, knowledge and techniques used in the LF-A’s creation will be used for other future models.

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Video: Paul Walker Gets His Hands On A Lexus LF-A

Video: Paul Walker Gets His Hands On A Lexus LF-A

With Fast and Furious 6 currently running away with box office records, Lexus saw an opportune time to get the LF-A supercar some publicity.

Not that it needed any, but when you can show just how durable the Japanese supercar is despite logging 30,000 miles on the odometer, you do it with the pomp it deserves. Having Paul Walker drive it definitely takes it over the top.

The video, which was shot at Willow Springs International Raceway in California, was shot to celebrate the fact that a pair of LFAs have reached the all-important milestone of 30,000 miles. All while still purring like kittens, albeit with a slightly more roar to them.

As a man who knows his cars, Walker was the perfect celebrity to invite for this momentous occasion and as the star of Fast and Furious 6 said so himself, the event was nothing short of a blast.

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Report: Lexus LF-Lc Will Make it to Production, Sort of

Report: Lexus LF-Lc Will Make it to Production, Sort of

Today we decided to take a break from all those New York Auto Show debuts and start the day with an awesome report out of Japan. Sources close to Toyota have informed GT Channel that Lexus is preparing to launch two new sports cars in the upcoming future. One of the two is codenamed “Project 777L” and is slated as a successor to the SC. The second one is known as the LC 550 (Luxury Coupe) and will feature design elements from the LF-LC Concept.

The future LC 550 will be built on the LS chassis and will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. As for the engine lineup, sources claim that Lexus will have two different possibilities: a 4.2-liter V-8 engine or a hybrid version with the powertrain borrowed from the LC 600h.

Either way, the output is reported to be somewhere in the 500-horsepower area, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will likely be less than 5 seconds. If the reports are true, you can anticipate a price tag somewhere in the $100k area. It will rival models like BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

Again, this is simply a report from a “source,” but GT Channel seems to put a ton of clout in this report. Stay tuned for more!

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Lexus LF-A Number 499 Arrives in the United States

Lexus LF-A Number 499 Arrives in the United States

On December 14th, 2012, Lexus built its last LF-A supercar - a white Nürburgring Package Edition - specially developed for a museum. The last unit destined for the road – No. 499 - finally found its home. The model arrived in the U.S. as a birthday gift to Roy Mallady, who is already on his second LF-A – his first was No. 003. In fact, Mallady is a real Lexus enthusiast, as he previously owned nine other models: nine LSs, four LX SUVs and an SC400.

If you think that he is one of those drivers that buys a supercar just to keep it in its garage, you’ll be happy to know that his first LF-A already has 7,000 miles on its ticker and is already on its third set of brakes. So, why did he need a second LF-A? It’s likely because he finds it a "better track car than any Ferrari" and he just liked being watched while driving his supercar on the highway.

Who are we to disagree the man?

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Video: Lexus LF-A Featured in Megafactories

Production of the Lexus LF-A stopped on December 14th, 2012, but this doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the news about it. For example, National Geographic’s hit show, Megafactories, recently featured the Lexus supercar. You will learn how the car was built, starting with the design board and up to the safety tests.

For those of you who still need a reminder, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

During this 45-minute-long video you will learn everything you never knew about this impressive Japanese supercar. All we can hope is that Lexus will come with a new version of it. But until then, we will continue to wait until we see the production version of the LF-Cc.

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Lexus LF-A is Gone, but its Technology May Move into Other Models

Lexus LF-A is Gone, but its Technology May Move into Other Models

Toyota has invested lots of money in the carbon-fiber structure used for the

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A, so, despite the car’s huge price tag of $375,000 and the total of 500 units produced, it still was impossible for it to recover its entire investment. So, now the company is consideration the possibility of using this structure for more affordable cars but there is no possibility to see a successor for theLF-A.

Lexus never expect the LF-A to turn into a profitable car and was built only to show off, but the current soaring Japanese yen has killed any possibility to see a roadster version of the famous supercar.

In the upcoming models, carbon fiber will be used for hoods, roofs, trunk lids and aerodynamic parts. This doesn’t mean, however, that we should expect such models on the market in the near future. The company did confirm that carbon fiber will be used for both Toyota and Lexus models, but for now this process is still too expensive.

So, when will we see carbon fiber used in those affordable cars? The answer is quite simple: when the cost for carbon fiber goes down.

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Lexus of Poland Celebrates First Sold LF-A Supercar

Lexus of Poland Celebrates First Sold LF-A Supercar

Either the Lexus LF-A is that awesome of a supercar that’s worthy of celebration or the folks over at Lexus of Poland are relieved to have finally sold one.

We’d like to believe it’s the former after the aforementioned Polish Lexus dealership held a celebration after officially selling the 447th production LF-A, the first Lexus supercar to be sold in Poland.

The LF-A is a quite a doozy, as it was limited to only 500 units and it’s even rarer in a place like Poland where there aren’t as many of these exotics around. We’ll give credit to Lexus of Poland for understanding the significance of the occasion and to that new owner of the LF-A, you have one of the most awesome supercars in the world.

Congratulations on the purchase and please don’t wreck your new baby. It feels a little better knowing that you’re going to take real good care of this red/burgundy LF-A. It deserves as much.

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