• Nov 23, 2009

2011 Lexus LFA at California Speedway - Click above to view the video after the jump

The lease-only 2011 Lexus LFA supercar has been getting a lot of exposure lately. We had a chance to drive it a few weeks ago and just showed you some pics of the matte black car when it showed up at Cars & Coffee in Irvine this Saturday, but now we have something even better. LeMans-winner and Jay Leno Show racing coach, Justin Bell, heads out onto Fontana's California Speedway with this very same LFA, getting some instruction himself from fellow racer Scott Pruett before taking the better seat for a lap.

The segment was shot for the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, the Jay Leno webshow that highlights a different car every week, sometimes with Jay driving and sometimes with Justin doing the heavy lifting. Follow the jump to see the video for yourself and be sure to check out Jay's Garage regularly if you don't already. Listening to this thing rip up to 9,000 RPM is worth the nine-minute investment of your time, trust us. Thanks for the tip Gabriel!

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice hairnet
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking exactly the same thing... none mentioned to him just how low his hairnet was, and made him look like someone working in a cafeteria with a helmet during the whole drive. Looked like a dork.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does anybody else like it more after seeing it in motion? From a stand still I thought it was a bit over stylized. Then I began appreciating the lines more since it is so distinct. How the shoulder line cuts through the front fenders and down past the headlights to the front dam. If anything, it's more of an appreciation for functional form...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, 100%. I thought it looked like some cross between Akira and Minority Report. It looks great in pure carbon fiber black. Funny how seeing it in motion makes such a difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you. Also, maybe I'm just crazy, but I actually think it's very distinctly Toyota as well, especially the rear. Toyota really did a good job here; they created a real supercar (or hypercar?) that truly is distinctly Toyota/Lexus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think so too. Maybe that's what Toyota had in mind with the styling - it looks better in motion than it does at a stop, so drive it. I hope the future owners take the same mindset so the rest of us might see this car in the wild.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had to send this in, love the new LFA, and Autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's got that same annoying upshift "beep" that the IS-F does. I wonder how hard it is to kill that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't know if tuning firms will bother... Lexus won't be selling these cars, only LEASING. So what will a tuner do that doesn't pi$$ off the leasing agent?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tuning firms will hopefully figure that out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AZZO45b

        Darn it, I forgot about that. I just hope Toyota will eliminate it someday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So when will Jonny be reviewing this car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      now i want to see this thing in the hands of STIG!
      • 5 Years Ago
      can gay leno plz go away his show blows he blows and so does his opinion......err just like mine prob
      matthew
      • 5 Years Ago
      He compares it to what is actually relevant to the LFA: other revolutionary cars that define their own genre.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In before some of you idiots claim that Toyota paid Jay Leno, Scott Pruett AND Justin Bell to like this car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I will admit the engine sounds most excellent. It's a good first attempt (9 years) at the rest of it, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i m just luving this car..if u have this..u have to show it off!!! it so sexy!

      Sam
      http://www.isopurewater.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think there's a lot going on for the LFA that people don't want to give it credit for. I also think it's great that Toyota has produced a true supercar again. Motorheads, especially in America and Europe, have a very generic and generally poor view of Toyota vehicles in recent history; and it's not an undeserved view. However Toyota was once very active in motorsports, and a cadre of very capable cars still exist and are celebrated in Japan.

      People have questioned the LFA's existence, its value, its nature, and compared it against all manner of other supercar producers. No one questions Ferrari when they build a new car. Or Lamborghini. Or Aston Martin. Or so on and so forth. Why?

      Generally speaking the answer is because they've proven themselves as a supercar builder, with a storied race history.

      Lexus/Toyota, in this case, don't quite have that credibility, and it's entirely possible they never will. However at least in this case, they can say they've successfully built a supercar, featuring many components that, if not "revolutionary", represent the -evolution- of those technologies. One that they've built from the ground up on their own; no one else's motor, no one else's chassis or brakes or manufacturing plants involved. Now that's an accomplishment worthy of accolades.

      The coming months and years will see if any of these get raced, and if they prove themselves, it can be all they need to justify producing or developing new high end performance cars or supercars. You have to start somewhere, and the LFA is a hell of a start.

      Would I own one? Absolutely, I'd even race it too, just need someone to pony up the lease and purchase money :P Do I think this was smart of Toyota to do? Not necessarily, but I can definitely understand wanting to try something regardless of people's opinions and prove their technical ability. Do I hope to see more Lexus/Toyota supercars in the future? Hell yeah.
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