• May 13, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lexus LF-A racecar.

Toyota is still prepping the LF-A for its assault on the 24 Hours of Nurburgring later this month, but it managed to campaign the Lexus supercar in the ADAC Rundstrecken Trophy Endurance, held on a 15.1-mile course that combines the Nordschliefe with the adjoining grand prix circuit. The LF-A placed 77th overall after completing 23 laps during the four-hour race, with its fastest lap coming in at 9:06. Just to reiterate so there's no confusion: this isn't the same course that the GT-R and ZR1 are lapping. That course is exclusively run on the Nordschliefe, so comparing times is like comparing apples and oranges... racing with traffic. Regardless, we've posted a video after the jump that shows the LF-A racecar up close and personal, along with some text from KGP to go along with the accompanying gallery.




The race-prepared Lexus LF-A--first spotted during manufacturer testing at the 'Ring on April 17th--made its official competition debut on Saturday in the ADAC Rundstrecken Trophy Endurance series in Germany. The race was run on a combination of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, along with a sprint portion of the famous Grand Prix circuit, with each lap covering 15.18 miles (24.433 km). Saturday's race was one of seven four-hour races this year, with a six-hour race and a 24-hour race rounding out the series. In its inaugural four-hour race, the LFA covered 23 laps, grabbing 77th place and a fastest lap of 9:06. While that lap may sound slow compared to the Nissan GT-R's best 'Ring time of 7:29, one must take into account the longer laps with the addition of the Grand Prix sprint, and fighting race traffic (which consisted of several racing classes similar to an ALMS series). The LF-A drove in group SP8. The drivers that piloted the LF-A are listed as Nakaya, Akihiko, llda, Akira, Kinoshita, and Takauki. The LF-A is expected to continue competitive runs in this series, including the 24-hour race at the end of this month--as part of the LF-A's development process.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is supposed to be fast they why was it being passed by everything?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the production version needs to figure out a better aero setup. The front "whiskers" and the wing need to go. This probably works very well for the ring, but it ruins what is a very good looking car, though I must admit, the front bumper is a little too much "IS 250" for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are pretty much all wrong.


      This car that you see here IS VERY CLOSE to the final version of the race version. You really have seen it all here.

      The production version (tons of spyshots out there) is not too far from this either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty confident that from the doors forward is not the car we'll see for production. That front end at the very least is, I think, 2 or 3 years old. The new front end, while not much more inspiring, is a little better.

        That said, if nothing else, this car sounds wonderful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bummer!! It looks to me as though they have VERY much toned down the front end of the concept car, which was risky and sculptural, avant garde and futuristic all at once.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow that sounds like a toy car for 12 year- olds. Maybe it's because of the distance, but that car certainly sounds distictive, and not in a very positive way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone else as unexcited about this car as I am? All I can muster is a giant yawn, in light of the GTR in the same price range.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that from the doors back, it's close to production. Other than that, pure pipe dream for production..
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 words. Vapour. Ware.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'll be another soulless supercar (and I'm using term supercar loosely) like the McLaren SLR.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Concurred.

        G*ddamnit Toyota. Just make the f*cking Supra already. Stop with these grand delusions of competing with M3's (IS-F) and Ferrari's (LF-A) and just make the 350Z/Mustang/RX-8/Base Corvette killing Supra we all know you guys can make.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For those of you who tend to just read the first sentence or so of the post, I am putting this here where you might see it to avoid any pointless arguing:
      "...This isn't the same course that the GT-R and ZR1 are lapping. That course is exclusively run on the Nordschliefe, so comparing times is like comparing apples and oranges... racing with traffic."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think what Lexus is trying to do what Honda did with the Integra Type R.

      Instead of building a production car for the public and then souping that production car to race with, they are gonna do the opposite They are gonna build a supercar to race with, but in order to race in series like the GT500, there are homogulation rules to meet. Lexus will probably take their final race car product, strip out the aggressive body parts, detune the engine, put stuff like airbags and air conditioning in it and sell the damn thing for anything they can get.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Porsche 959. It came out spectacularly :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Using the Type R is a bad example. Honda took all the cars that were already in place and made them track worthy. The nsx, accord, civic, integra, etc. Lexus is building something new from the ground up. And since their a symbol of luxury, I doubt the final production will come without the bells and whistles that you would expect from a Lexus.

          • 6 Years Ago
          Well, Honda never made a profit off of the Integra Type R, the cost of production was way over the MSRP. The car was made for the public only because they had to do it inorder to race.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "homologation"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me, or does anyone else think this thing looks like a riced out 350Z? Its better then Lexus' flagship model the SC430 (YUCK!) but still...what the hell is with the boring ugly cars Lexus?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The SC430 is not the Lexus flagship by any means...I'd argue the LS600h is for luxury and the IS-F for sportiness, though definitions of "luxury" and "sportiness" are both relative. I am not saying I like Lexus, just that you are wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Za, I can agree with you that Toyota...errr Lexus, is tooting their horn about the LS600h being their ultimate luxury car...however nowhere in my response or the article was there mention of the luxury sedans. I was merely referring to the SC430 as their flagship for a "sporty" coupe, since obviously the LF-A is not a luxury sedan.
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