• Apr 22, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the race-prepped Lexus LF-A

With the recent spate of spy shots and the announcement that Lexus would be would be campaigning the LF-A at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, it was just a matter of time before we were afforded the opportunity to see the Lexus supercar in action. The short video after the jump gives us a couple fly-bys of the LF-A blowing down a straight expanse of tarmac and ends with the camo'd mule pulling into the pits with a few squeaks from the race-ready brakes. The sound of the 500-hp, 5.0-liter V10 shouldn't be missed, so hit the jump for the video.


[Source: The Passionate Pursuit]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to admit it does sound better than the GT-R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you expect, the GTR has a single exhaust?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The car looks absolutely beautiful....except for those tacky tri-exhaust pipes or whatever you want to call that. That really spoils the rear...
        • 6 Years Ago
        zamafir- an F40 has 3 exhaust tips, regardless of whether it's a street version or the GT version. And it's also a Turbocharged V8. It looks fine on the F40 because they're just exhaust pipes- they weren't trying to make it a style element. Maybe I miss your point?
          • 6 Years Ago
          Aren't the F40's extra pipe from the wastgates off the turbos? So its more of a necessity then a styling statement right? The LF-A is NA.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JD

        I said they were purposeful, not necessary
        • 6 Years Ago
        What? A V10 needs 3 exhausts, huh? I think not. Care to clarify that a bit, hashiryu?

        And to answer your other question, it won't sound like that in street form because this one is a race car.

        That said, the three exhaust tip thing is strange, and I think ugly. Of course, the quad tips on the IS-F aren't any better, so pick your poison, I suppose.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JD. Ever seen an F40 GT?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks are subjective, I happen to think it is somewhat unique and very good looking.

        It has a purpose though. Due to the firing order of a V10, different sections open at different levels of throttle/engine revolutions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh S*** that Lexus sounds great... (Never thought those words would form to make a sentence...)
      • 6 Years Ago
      How glorious..... pure awesomeness.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lol @ the cameraman getting shouted at in the last shot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was going to comment on that as well.
        I think the camera man had the right to film the car, so what is with the yelling?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds as if there's a race exhaust in there. Kreissieg powered perhaps?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm beginning to like this thing..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me too. This thing sounds like a banshee. I just wish Toyota would have come up with a new coupe to run with the Z first. How many of us can afford a $170k automobile?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Link is dead :(.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The title is misleading. I was expecting to hear something closer to a cat meowing than a banshee screaming.

      Nice video though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is pure, unadulterated power. I wish it would sound like that in production.....but it won't. How sad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Again I stress, the production car mule sounds IDENTICAL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except for the squealing brakes ... lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah, there was a video a few months back that had sound of the production mule lappin the n ring. sounded a lot like this one.

        after all, the whole purpose of this exercise is to make sure the production car is as high performance as possible, it makes sense to keep the racing version as close as possible to that car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yet, again, I stress that this is not a production mule.It IS a racer based on the production mule. The actual car will not have that massive wing, nor the brakes, nor the exhaust, etc. It's not the same as a mule.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The production car mules sound pretty much identical, why wouldn't it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      CAFE won't like this
        • 6 Years Ago
        My point is that most automakers are having to throw out designs for wonderful performance cars like this because of the sh*t d#cks over at the NHSTA. I will promise you that if things continue in the direction they are going, automakers will not make these kind of cars. The government will not allow it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      could have cut-outs like the Z06...Anything other than full throttle is nicely muffled, ut floor it and the exhaust dumps open to allow straight through flow by passing the mufflers.

      As for CAFE not liking this, I can imagine the low numbers of this car (if it is actually ever sold) will keep it safe from altering Toyota's CAFE numbers all that much.
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