• May 27, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lexus LF-A.

Toyota's campaign of the Lexus LF-A racing prototype at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring wasn't lacking for drama, with a serious crash that took place during the night-time qualifying session followed by some technical issues on race day. Details haven't been released as to what caused the crash, but the damage to the driver's side rear quarter panel was enough to cause the vehicle to limp back to the pits, where KGP spies snapped off 15 shots of the LF-A before it headed back to Toyota's 'Ring workshop.

The V10 nestled deep into the engine bay proves that Lexus is going for a front-midship layout for its first supercar, and judging by the extensive use of carbon fiber in the cracked body panels and underbody diffuser, keeping the LF-A as light as possible is a top priority. Despite the race-ready interior, KGP's shots show an office very similar to that found in the LF-A concepts we've seen at shows, with a massive central tunnel to house both the transmission and a substantial amount of the engine.

The following day, the LF-A got out to the starting grid, but after an hour of racing, smoke began pouring from the rear of the racer, diagnosed later as an oil leak. The pit crew worked feverishly over the ensuing two hours to get the LF-A back out onto the track to finish a total of 106 laps, with a fastest lap of 9:19.757 on lap 85, and placing 120th overall.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got home from a Toyota lot and heard that dealers are already getting the heads up about the upcoming Toyota-branded USDM release of this car as a 400hp rocket expected to land at around $50k and aiming for a 3.5sec 0-60.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Argh tpyo :( 4.5 not 3.5
      • 6 Years Ago
      before anyone starts laughing at that lap time, realize that the Nurburgring 24 is run over both the northloop and grand prix circuit for a total of 15.7 miles worth of track.
        • 6 Years Ago
        IF

        That's a really big word.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just by glancing at the average lap times each car was putting up, the LF-A looks like it might have made it into around 10th place had it not had engine troubles.

        But 24-hour races are won and lost in the pits first, on the track second. And in that respect, Lexus lost.

        http://adac.24h-rennen.de/en/live/database.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        thanks for the link, jesus those siroccos are fast
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see some H&R springs in there. Kind of surprising to me actually... but makes me feel a little better about putting the H&R Sports on my tC recently.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You got to give it to Toyota for trying.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know wikipedia's not the most reliable place, but they had the GT-R's time's down with the LF-A, but suddenly the GT-R's disappeared.

      Out of curiosity, why wasn't there any GT-R around the ring? I'd imagine somebody would at least want to give it a shot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nobody but Nissan has turned a good time on the ring with a GT-R yet. No particular reason why that I can tell. I expect we'll see one soon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course, it could alternately be for the same reason no one matched Nissan's time in the R33 - because they cheated their asses off to get their time.

        Time will tell which of these it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a rocket even if the performance figures on the N-Ring are inflated, and seemingly a steal at the offered price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope so. I'm starting to lose the little respect I gained from the GT-R.

        Regardless of Nissan cheating, I would actually want one. Not because of it's times or blah blah, I actually do like the way it looks, it grew on me.

        If a normal person, with some training, can pull somewhere between 7:30-7:40 on the 'Ring and can still take their car home without wanting to shoot them self on their drive home, I'll be in love.

        Of course, that's quite a feat, but I'll jsut keep buying them lottery tickets.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably the only way I'll ever get one, by stealing it, ;).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe because the European teams haven't taken delivery of them yet?
      • 6 Years Ago
      hey lads i was at the begining of the 24h race on saturday and this car looked quick, very quick infact trough the corners, it did how on ever lack acceleration coming out of slower corners. lovely car in the flesh i have to say!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe I just don't 'get' this car...but judging by the other posts here, I'm guessing that's not the case. What a waste of perfectly good carbon fiber...there's a 17-year-old kid somewhere who still has a metal hood on his civic crying right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nominated for: Second Most Hideous Design of 2008.... (The most hideous award goes to the BMW M1 Concept).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seconded, now how long until we hear about toyota reliability? 2? 3 posts?

        At least it didn't burn down ala the R8 V10 bi turbo :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ tekdemon I think they were referring to the oil leak.

        Also, the lap time is inconsequential since this car is obviously a race prepped car (cage, tires, shocks, Brakes, etc...) and not a production piece. And does the carbon bodied race car really show any proof that the road version will be carbon bodied?
          • 6 Years Ago
          @ENGINErd
          I know what they were referring to-I was pointing out that the problems were probably related to the fact that the car had gotten into a high speed crash the previous day. So I was pointing out the ridiculousness of using a crashed race car to determine reliability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What does crashing have to do with reliability. Race cars crash, and the problems the next day were probably because of the crash.
        Anyways, I'm sure Lexus will keep working at it until it's worth the $200K.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way, $200K for this piece of sh!t? Please don't even bother exporting it. To me, L-finesse means Lacks-finesse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I somehow hope that Murphy's Law redeems itself on you
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I get completely exempted by the IRS for 2 years, I would definitely have more than $200K to splash on toys.

        But with $200K to splash on toys, I would rather get myself a Nissan GT-R and a Cruisers Yachts 300 CXI.

        I actually wonder who's retarded enough to spend $200K on such a hideous looking car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like you could afford it either way. . .
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...somewhere a GTR is laughing
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well that GTR should be ashamed because it wasn't out there. A lap time at the ring is good for bragging rights. But actual competition in events like this is where a car gets its medals. 911 anyone?

        To add, Nissan should have developed a version of the GTR to compete with other cars like this. No point in being able to talk about what you have, it time to put up or shut up for the GTR.

        And don't anyone tell me about GT500, those are closer to prototypes than production cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Along with a CTS-v, didn't the CTS-v do Nurburging in 8 minutes?
        • 6 Years Ago
        obviously not at the nur though. The gtr forgot to show up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check pic 7. The brace bar is almost 3 inches behind the front of that strip on the fender. The engine is almost completely behind the brace bar.

      Check pic 1. The strip on the fender goes all the way to the front of the tire.

      The engine is not behind the front axle. It is a front-engined car. Again, not that that's a huge deal.

      Additionally, note a Pontiac GXP.R has a CF diffuser and CF body panels. A Pontiac GXP does not. Why assume that as the race car goes the street car goes too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, that'll buff right out!

      LMAO, couldn't resist...

      When and if the V-Spec GTR comes out, it'll lay waste to the LF-A.
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