• May 29, 2009
Click above to video of the Lexus LF-A burning down the house Nurburgring after the jump

There were two Lexus LF-As entered into last week's Nurburgring 24 Hour race prepared by the Gazoo Racing Team. This is what happened to one of them, car #15, about two hours from the end of the enduro. Just one of a jumble of cars that didn't finish the race, Gazoo hasn't explained what happened to the car, but a rather toasty engine fire took the car out of the running. The other car, #14, finished in 14th in its class (SP8) and 87th overall. Whenever the LF-A does show up as a customer proposition, buyers will know it has been through the ringer and thoroughly vetted. Follow the jump to see the vid.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      With a choice of Ferrari 599GBT, Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes SLR and SLS who would buy this Toyota for over $200,000? Maybe if it was $100,000...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Show me where you can get a brand new 599GTB for $300k. lmao

        • 5 Years Ago
        Manual transmission is old technology, even the Enzo uses sequential. "electro-gadgetry" doesnt get a car to 220mph. They have put so much time and R & D into this car only to get it to go faster and to make it perfect.

        This will be the fastest most expensive production car to come out of Japan I sure as hell am not complaining.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One burns down and one comes in at 87th place.

      Where do I sign up?



      http://earfones.blogspot.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        hey, at least they're placing WORSE than last year. Needs more stickers and souls of fanbois.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is ther a torrent or website where I can watch recordings of the Nurburgring24?
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats not the engine....

      The car was not sent into the race to win....it was a test for the car. Lexus had made it known they are using this race to build he LF-A.

      Still, the LFAs best laps were very close to the leaders, even with the differences in class groupings, and were the fastest vehicles in their class by a significant margin.


      Fact of the matter The LF-A still is under going testing, things like these always happen.



      Oh yea didn't the Audi R8 V10 burn to a crisp?

      http://jalopnik.com/cars/spy-photos/red-hot-spy-photos-v10-audi-r8-mule-goes-up-in-flames-on-nrburgring-250740.php


      Things like these always happen with prototypes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's not harp on this car because it's Japanese. Just because people still have anti-Japanese syndrome from GT-R mania a few months back does not mean we have to take it out on this car.

      Lets, be patient, see what the production car can do on the ring, in production form, than talk after. It's still a preproduction machine. I expect something to go wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porche burned, Bimmers burned.
      Corvette not evenended this race.
      Died very early.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad Toyota is spending all this money on the Lexus LF-A. The development will help create better versions on the Celica, MR-2, and Supra.

      Wait a minute...they don't make those cars anymore! Why Toyota? Screw this upper elite sports car nonsense and bring us back the reasonably priced sporty vehicles you used to make. (The Scion tC is not sporty)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Jonathan Ramsey, "... rather toasty engine fire took the car out of the running ..." In the real world, an "engine fire" connotes that an engine is on fire. Since it appears you do not know that the LF-A has its engine in front, I will let you in on a little secret...(sarcasm) The engine in the LF-A is located in the FRONT of the car, and it is NOT on fire. The video shows white smoke coming from the rear of the car. Most likely coming from the radiators which are located in rear of the car. The subsequent darker smoke is from burned carbon fibre and oil.

      The #14 car finished 4th in its class. Here are the top five finishers of the SP8 class:

      1st place (Total 21st)
      #7 Dr.Bez,Ulrich Dusseldorf/Aston Martin
      2nd place (Total 80th)
      #11 KTN/AudiRS4
      3rd place (Total 81th)
      #16 GAZOO Racing/Lexus Lexus IS F
      4th place (Total 87th)
      #14 GAZOO Racing/Lexus LF-A
      5th place (Total 95st)
      #45 Derichs Rennwagen e.V./Audi V8 D11

      Jonathan Ramsey, in endurance racing, the "Overall" results only tell part of the story. On track were vehicles ranging from prototype racers to modified production machines. "Class" results are equally relevant and should be reported alongside the Overall results when discussing the placement of a particular racer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamafir your lame trolling isnt anything to be proud of. how many times are you gonna post your same gibberish over and over again. quit your whining and go stroke some bmw pole or something
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jens as a fan of endurance racing you already know just how seriously toyota ISN'T taking the race when they attempt to compete at SP8, hedging their bets that they may place adequately. Sure they placed four in their class, that's hardly an achievement compared to what all the other factory backed teams were doing several classes above. This is the LF-A's second run and it placed well below damn near everything out there. and couldn't even manage a podium finish in it's class. Unless you're a fan of failing, this wasn't a race to be proud of - for a second year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only three things to say to that: d'oh!, corrected, and thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That list isn't very impressive either. A V-10 "supercar" is beat by an IS-F and barely beats out a 10-20 year old Audi V8 (predecessor to the A8)?

        I know the V8 does well at the 'ring each year, so I'm not really crapping on the car as much as it seems. But for a factory-backed "supercar", placing 4th in a pack of privateers isn't really a ringing enough endorsement to call extra attention to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      complainers complain, but this car is gonna be the sickest car in the history of japan, theyv'e been working on it for years now, just using the toyota way, continual improvement, more and more until its the pinnacle of automotive perfection.
        • 5 Years Ago
        dude , you convinced me , i'm on my way to buy a toyota !
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is afterall a Toyota... Maybe the thing was full of rust.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Carbon Fibre does not rust. Ass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hashiryu - if you'd be kind to post those pics you took of the entire car's carbon tub, carbon suspension bits, carbon everything, to back up ur assertion it's all carbon and won't rust I'd love to see it.

        troll troll troll your boat
      • 5 Years Ago
      ehrm... bad car you say? well this thing is going to be awsome! can`t wait to see one on the streets

      and btw:

      Other COI (cars of interest): the Kia Pro Cee'd finished 109th, just ahead of a Lamborghini Gallardo, the Rover Mini Cooper finished 121st, just ahead of a BMW M3, the Fiat 500 finished 165th, the Team Zakspeed Dodge Viper GTSR finished 183rd and Heinz-Harald Frentzen's hybrid Gumpert Apollo finished 189th.
      (from http://blogs.motortrend.com/6252600/motorsports/at-the-nurburgring-24-hours-porsche-reigns-lexus-lf-a-runs/index.html)

      so people should buy a KIA instead of a gallardo, M3, viper or a apollo? hmm, think the toyota will be sooo much better than these
        • 5 Years Ago
        I love your logic- i'll be trading in my LF-A for a civic Si, or a 318ti, or a 120D, or an A3, or a whole host of pedestrian cars which beat the LF-A AGAIN this year.

        Oh, what? Yeah it's less fun when you cherry pick above the LF-A.

        Newsflash, we're 24 hour endurance race fans, we get other cars are often more successful with less power. That's the point. It's endurance. If your car sucks or your driver sucks or your team is incapable, it doesn't matter how much power your car has. As toyota expertly demonstrated. All that mattered this year was Audi and Porsche. While i'm disappointed Audi placed second their first year out for the R8, it's no where near as insignificant as the LF-A placing worse than it did last year and well out of the top 75.

        The LF-A's performance is nothing to be proud of.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FYI Autoblog, the engine is not in the back, so it'd be highly unlikely that it was an engine fire no?

      You could also mention that despite this, AFIK the car actually finished the race.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @why not the LS2LS7? - indeed. the car burt, it didn't finish, whether or not autoblog makes a goof.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why split hairs?

        If my car catches on fire and burns significantly, I'm not going to be comforted much by its location being in the back instead of the front.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah My bad, I just checked....classified but DNF
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. Nicht gewertet is german for fail (or 'not rated' because it didn't finish).
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