• Oct 14, 2009
Dutch auto journo Thomas Bangma giving his opinion on the Lexus LF-A -- Click above to view the video after the jump

The man you see above is Thomas Bangma. Described as a Dutch automotive journalist, and noted on his LinkedIn page as an "Independent Automotive Professional," we can't find much dirt on him -- but if he's getting invited to press events for the Lexus LF-A, he must know a bit about something.

During that aforementioned event, Mr. Bangma gave his opinion on Lexus' glacially developing supercar, and he adds no sugar to the medicine: "The car is the best car I have ever driven in my whole life as an automotive journalist." Well then. What we can definitely say is that as it flies by behind him, it sounds positively murderous. In a good way. Follow the jump for the rest of Bangma's thoughts.



[Source: YouTube via Cars UK]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone forward this to FutureVehicles@Honda.com.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know what to think.... the gallery shows what looks like a GT1 race car......
      if that is what Toyota/Lexus is going to offer no wonder the journalist said it was great.

      But since when is a track car available for the street?
      I guess we'll see how far they can blur the line between
      street and track car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, I know this has nothing to do with the car but this guy really looks like Bruce Willis lol..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha, perfectly framed in front of a Lexus banner and perfectly timed laps of the LF-A to end the video. I'll wait until Clarkson drives it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jon - you do understand where the video was taken don't you? At an LF-A Press Day. Guess what - Lexus are going to have banners plastered up and down the pit lane, just like every other auto company does at such events. If you've ever been at a race track when a car comes down the start finish straight, you'd have some insight that everyone talking to camera stops. The noise is so loud and usually reverberating back because of the grandstands, you can't hear yourself. Don't forget the LF-A has a V-10 engine about twice the size of those in an F1 car. Cheers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Somehow Clarkson better not find a way to claim that the V10's song is somehow whiny...it's unbelievable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's great Im with you on that one --- BUT -- Clarkson picks and choose what he wants. He will never accept or put a Japanese car in front of a German car''

        Remember when he talked crap about the 8 speed in the LS and IS-F ( and BMW does it so perfect ) ohhh nooo I SAW THE LATEST - MOST ADVANCE 7-SERIES WITH A 8-SPEED TRANSMISSION.... what happenddddd'' I dont heard any body taking bad about the new 7-series too much gears'' wow..

        about the IS-F , rear diffusers ( or fake exhaust ) very bad move Lexus -- cheap very cheap --- ohhhhhh noooooo THE ALL NEW FERRARI CALIFORNIA WHICH IS EQUIP WITH OF THE FERRARI NEWEST TECHNOLOGY HAS THE SAME EXHAUST DIFFUSERS ( OR FAKE EXHAUST )

        I wonder who did it right to began with'''''

        < -- just a comment -- nothing against nobody -- I haven't heard Clarkson saying bad things about the BMW 8speed trans.. that's all

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ rip


        You rule.


        People like to take aim on Toyota & Lexus ( the sheep always do). But in the end they never matter do they?

        Toyota and Lexus know what they are doing. Now give me my Supra Toyota !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I knew a guy who said the Lada 2101 ( http://www.cars-retro.ru/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/lada_2101.jpg ) is the best car he ever "drove"... go figure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, but Lexus needs to win quite a few races under the Lexus brand before anyone will consider dropping that kind of money when there are options like McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, Aston Martin, etc.

      Supercars are sold on heritage and racing pedigree. You can't just come into the market swinging and expect to have a winner. Respect is earned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        um... lexus did race this car, it placed 70th or something. just because audi dominates lemans, or world ralley, or pikes peak, or ferrari or mclaren dominate f1, doesn't mean any of those fools are worth their salt compared to this marvel.

        race history? pedigree? heritage? be fair, lexus is 10 years old and doesn't have any of that, they don't need it, they're magic! magic i tells you!

        I will give Lexus marketing substantial props for this one, they seem to know how to urke fans of actual unquestionable supercars (zonda etc).
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 to Hashiryu. Many exotics don't have racing heritage and no one complains. There are just too many Toyota/Lexus haters.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about you tell Pagani, Koenigsegg, Mosler, Ascari, SCC and **gasp** Lamborghini to go racing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the very first thing, LF-A has to prove itself in the ring. And then We will see one in Top Gear. lolzzz
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol @ ironfist and zamafir and the rest of the whiny euro fanboys making the same claims getting OWNED by hashiryu
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does have a great engine note.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks and sounds like viral advert by Lexus. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems that nobody wants to accept that the new Lexus LF-A will be very competitive automobile -- That's the same thing that we heard with the first gen LS400 ( no body wanted to accept that Toyota luxury car ) . and it became the top Luxury sedan seller, most reliable, most dependable, most refine and after 20 years still a very respectable car out there.

      The Lexus LF-A might not have the time of some of the exotic out there but they might shock the whole world with it. Just give the car a damn chance.''

      Toyota its a great company and employs more than 26,000 people here in america''

        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        This site needs more people like you.



        Bravo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's like when The last gen Supra didn't sell great, but after the production stop how many people were crying for Supra? Once the 500 are gone, people will cry for LF-A. and yet, Dun campare Gundam(LF-A) to Transformers( Vette, Viper, GT500).
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... clickplayaz... as a fan of both series.... i feel like laughing my head off.... wrong wrong wrong analogy to use...
        don't pass go, go straight to your parents basement.. and come back with a better one.. i'll be waiting :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should award the LF-A the Motor Trend Car of the Year. It has every intentions of being a supercar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a supercar. isn't it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know this guy! Who cares about he's doing ! Not me !
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        • 5 Years Ago
        thanks "Machado", we all are spammers at the end. ! ! !
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who cares about your spamming?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thomas Bangma always has had very objective test opinions. The magazine is objective and not a populist type of hype magazine. Of course one might wonder why Lexus let him drive it and not any American journalist of any repute.

      Maybe that has something to do with Bangma and other European journalist's experience in driving race cars at the edge, especially on demanding tracks like the Nuerburgring. After all, that is where Toyota is testing the vehicle, and if anyone has ever cared to drive that track in real life, they would have noticed the vast amount of wrecked sports cars in corners 1 and 2, of over ambitious "semi-race drivers" or "car testers" who just simply don't have any car control.

      If you would have to pick anyone of the press to evaluate it objectively, you would take an objective journalist with proper experience. You don't want to waste cars, would you?
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