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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lexus LF-A racecar.

Toyota has confirmed that the Lexus LF-A will campaign in the 24 hour Nurburgring race this May in an effort to shake down the new supercar before its launch next year. Toyota has no intentions of winning the grueling enduro, instead, it's using its unconventional entrant into the race to aid development of the super coupe and gain feedback for the production car.

The LF-A was recently spied making laps around the 'Ring outfitted with a new GT-style wing, bigger wheels, brakes, a revised aero kit, more carbon fiber and a full roll cage -- all of which confirms that the mule is more than just a production prototype. It's an impressive tactic that shows Toyota is serious about its first entrant into the supercar fray, and proves that the Nissan GT-R might be causing serious bouts of panic around Toyota HQ.

Thanks to Ben for the tip!

[Source: Toyota]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, I get it, put a Lexus smack dab in the middle of BMW's testing grounds, that'll show 'em you mean "business"

      No Lexus, you are not a performer. Stick to your posh and cozy ways.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BMW has no entries in this class. It won't be hard for this Lexus to wipe the track with an M6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Before any of you get all excited about any car beating any other car in this race, you have to understand how equalization racing works.

        None of these cars are running unfettered. And even if they were, these cars are all heavily modified from production.

        You can't say much about who bested whom by looking at equalized racing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Will you still be saying that if the LF-A happens to beat the BMW entries of the same class?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lexus is perfectly designed for when you life has reached a state of dulness and more fake wood trim sounds like a good idea.

        Give me something that puts a smile on my face, not something that lulls me to sleep.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Driving the IS-F didn't give me a lot of confidence in Lexus' push for enthusiast legitimacy. And I really, really wanted it to prove me wrong.

        But if Toyota is developing this thing from the ground up as a Supra replacement, and taking years and years to do so, well, I can keep my hopes up.

        Just--please--no mandatory slushbox this time. Seriously.
        • 7 Years Ago
        me either..
        we already got our game changer of the decade. the $75k gtr. thank you nissan.

        im a corvette fanboy btw...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Of course not, but given the comparisons between the IS-F and its competition, I'd have to say, I honestly don't have much faith that the LF-A will do what it's intended to do either. That's not to say it'll be a bad car. But I'm not holding my breath for it to be the "game changer".
        • 7 Years Ago

        The IS-F is based on the IS, not exactly a good starting point. The LF-A is however built from ground up as a sports car. Don't be surprised if it manages to beat the competition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Could this bring new light to a Supra comeback?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Beastage: I am not a fan of the supra at all either, I was just wondering, lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never quite understood the love the Supra recieves..

        imo it was never a unique car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it even possible to beat the GTR's numbers?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone who's bashing on the IS F is a dumbass and can't see through his/her BMW box. Go take a read on C/D's latest comparo between the M3 and IS F, in particularly, pay attention to the performance specs. To me, as a first try (and not even a company-wide project) the IS F held its own against the big boys.

      Just think about it, if the IS F can "hang" with the M3, what would the LF-A be able to do... So yeah, for you BMW fanboys, you can continue to hide your heads under the sand but the world is much bigger out there than you think.
        • 7 Years Ago
        fake exhaust = fail
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not a BMW fanboy. Drove the IS-F, drove its competitors, F lacks that last 10% of tactile feedback in every control. And it's built in Toyota's usual "Jekyll-and-Hyde" performance paradigm: although it goes like hell when pushed, it just doesn't feel all that special in normal driving (which I care more about than Vbox specs).

        Then there's that missing manual...
        • 7 Years Ago
        p.s. The R8 and the Gallardo have the same kind of setup as the IS-F

        you fail.
        • 7 Years Ago

        They're called subtitles.

        (Declines to make obligatory schoolyard insult).
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Louis look best motoring track compare between IS-F and M3..even the japanese agree Lexus failed to build a real M3 fighter... straightline speed is nothing and there were lot of other tests were the IS-F produced worse numbers as at C/D...

        BTW the R8 and Gallardo have no fake exhust they are real..get your facts together befor posting nonsens

        you failed
        • 7 Years Ago
        "torque converter = fail"

        Really? You should go read C/D's article, especially pay attention on how they ranked IS F's tranny.

        "fake exhaust = fail"

        If that's the case then...

        Lambo = fail
        R8 = fail

        Good job man, good job.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody wake me when this car actually makes it to production. This is like Alien vs. Predator or Freddy vs. Jason. The idea sounded great, but were caught in development hell for years. Then they came out and sucked. lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      i would just like to see an OEM race between this, a gtr vspec, zr1, 911 gt2, m3 (which doesn't fit but it's bmw's fastest car right?), f430, and let them all battle it out.
      see who really deserves our money in the $100-200k price range (again the m3 doesnt fit).

      any other suggestions?
        • 7 Years Ago
        A spirited race between those vehicles would be an awesome sight. Although, what would it be like to live with each of those? How do they perform everyday? Are they comfortable? Will you be scared to leave it in a parking lot at a movie theatre?
        You wouldnt want to drive the F430 everyday!

        Give me something thats fast, sensible, safe and intriguing, without killing my bank account month after month.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ahh damn i cant believe i forgot that one cypher..
        an r8 too..

        brett.. we will do a separate race with the evo/sti/golf r32/mazdaspeed 3 etc..

        and we'll do one between a focus, cobalt, civic (non-si), etc for my broke ass.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting and exciting news, it's good to finally hear that the LF-A will be making its public debut...gosh knows how long they have been developing the supercar.

      The IS-F has had promising reviews, and although it may not outright beat the competition, it is definitely a worthy contender. Look for the LF-A to do the same or better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So it exists now?
      • 7 Years Ago
      >think the matrix<

      but what if it wins?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lexus haters out in full force?

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