• Jan 8th 2010 at 7:26PM
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SuperGT Lexus LFA GT500 – Click above for image gallery

Take a look at the field of 2010 SuperGT competitors and something's amiss. Nissan's been campaigning its new GT-R in the series for two years and Honda recently revealed the HSV-010 before its inaugural run in the series this May. What's missing? A new competitor from Toyota.

Jyuichi Wakisaka and Andre Lotterer took the overall GT500 win in the team's Lexus SC430 last year, but that model is not long for this world, so it's just a matter of time before Toyota fields a new car in the series. So what's set to take the SC430's place? The answer's obvious: the Lexus LFA.

Although Toyota's yet to confirm the LFA's entrance (we're expecting an announcement later this year), Iain Chandler, a skilled 3D artist hailing from Australia, has rendered a GT500-class LFA, complete with six sets of livery. While it's far from official it's a pretty good indication of what to expect when Toyota finally pulls the trigger, and Lotterer seems to approve – he posted the images on his site.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that's unnecessarily pessimistic. Wouldn't it be easier to just voice your appreciation at what an awesome car that is?
        • 5 Years Ago
        YEEEAAAAAA! Getting personal because you don't like the LFA! THAT IS PURE CLASS. KEEP IT UP!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lain is Skilled alright..
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Torrent: I'm pretty sure that the 458 Italia tops out at 201MPH only, close to the LF-A but I think that 458 is a better deal overall. If Ferrari made the 458 a car worth 350k I'm sure they would make it much faster than the LF-A. (Using materials and parts that make the car better and faster)
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean like the Enzo that's way more expensive than a 599, but about the same performance?

        I swear, so many people on autoblog post without knowing **** about cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3 - speaking of calling the kettle black, let me get this straight. The enzo came out in 02, the 599 came out a full four years later (essentially the next product cycle), and you're equating the two? We're supposed to believe ferrari learned nothing from the enzo gestation and wouldn't improve their other models as a result?

        Also, just to get this straight, when the enzo manages to lap the topgear track 3 seconds faster, Nordschleife 22 seconds faster, Fiorano almost 2 seconds quicker, that's 'about the same performance'? For someone who knows ***** about cars I'm guessing that knowledge is limited to zero to sixty and conveniently ignores all other cricuial parts of the equation like handling, track times, and top speed?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zamafir your dumbass comments continue to amaze me as much as the GM fanboys' comments on here. First of all, lets go to the beginning of your idiocy on this topic. The LFA hasn't won races and all that nonsense. This car was only slightly modified to run at the Nurburgring races that it entered. They entered prototypes that they basically wanted to refine and see what needed to be made more durable on the production version. They managed to break the car during the races, but those were prototypes.

        Also, the Enzo came out a few years before the 599 but it's significantly more expensive and you can Google or Wikipedia all the individual times where the Enzo has beaten a 599's time around a track that you want, but they're not terribly disparate in performace but they are in price. That was my point.

        It's like saying the 458 is a much faster car than the 430 Scuderia, but it won't be. You can go down to tenth's of a second and call that "a lot" if you want, but whatever.

        Also, the Enzo didn't fit into Ferrari's product cycle, so that comment is really irrelevant. The 599 didn't replace the Enzo, it replaced the 575. The F40, F50 and Enzo were all released on anniverssary dates for Ferrari.

        I didn't say that the Enzo was equal to a 599 at all. They're very different cars, even though they go similar speeds. This is like saying that the 458 Italia can achieve similar speeds to the LFA. That doesn't mean they're remotely similar. The LFA is a very different type of car than a 458 Italia, and it would be nice if people could comprehend that, but they apparently can't, judging by the number of times they get compared to each other.

        The LFA is really an oddball exotic car, done the way Lexus wanted to. What other front/mid 9000rpm redline V10 carbon fiber supercars are there? They didn't do it to offer an alternative to Ferrari or to build a race car. It's a technological showcase designed to appeal to someone who wants a car focused on driving pleasure and luxury, not on being a stripped out racer.

        • 5 Years Ago
        invisiblepigeon3 wow what a slap to that F50 guy'''' jejejeje

        and you are damnnnn right'' people just talk,talk and talk without researching what they are saying. typical ricer --

        his also not mentioning that the LFA is a limited production car'' the 458 is not''

        if I was that guy -- I will never post again ''' jejejejej
      • 5 Years Ago
      That thing looks like it would eat your kids if you messed with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      here's hoping it can actually finish a super gt race.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ugh, stupid autoblog reply system.......

        Zamfir, you are such a zealous hater. Real turd you are.

        The 24hr races at the ring, both years were for testing purposes. 1 cay in 2008, 2 on 2009. Despite an accident, it finished in the first year (winning it's class), and one of the two did indeed finish this year. That in itself is an achievement for a close to showroom car whose engines spins at 9000rpm (8500 in the race). They also did win the 4hr endurance event (Both years IIRC) leading up to the 24hr event. Not bad compared to your beloved GT-R which gives up on it's brakes after a couple of laps of caning at much less demanding tracks. Why can't you just admit that even though you dislike it, and obviously hate Lexus that it is a great car, and in fact a brilliant piece of engineering?

        as an aside, Re: Bitterspeak;
        The Lexus SC WON the GT500 this year (both drivers and team title) as well as winning the GT500 team title last year, and both driver/team titles in it's debut year, 2006. Just saying.

        Incidentally the Wedsport IS350 took GT300 Team/Drier titles. Clean Sweep.

        Next year for the Hat-trick. Go TOM'S/Lexus!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhhh. actually if you morons actually watched racing you would know that it has so far twice failed to finish a race with two teams running a car each both times.

        Sorry but it's not "hating" when it's reality.
        • 5 Years Ago

        You are absolutely clueless about SuperGT. You need to slowdown and only comment on stuff you actually know about.

        Lexus is incredibly reliable and a strong competitor in the SuperGT, and GT500 cars are incredible reliable compared to many other race series.

        GT500 requires the use of a Formula N, IRL, LeMans LMP style spec 3.4L V-8 engine, and its an engine that will be carried over from the current SC race car, and the SC race car is proven reliable. If the LFA is entered then the chassis and underpinnings will be used, reliability will NOT be an issue for them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ hashiryu

        Thanks for the correction. Didn't get a chance to follow Super GT the last two seasons. What I thought was the final champion result was actually the race results for Fuji 2009. hahaha
        • 5 Years Ago
        And if you, Audi_Arena, actually watched Super GT, you would know the following facts:

        - Lexus (GT500) finished the 2009 season in 3rd overall running their SC430 chassis...
        - 2009 ended in November. 2010 doesn't start until March...
        - This is the first time the LFA GT500 has been on a track and its for testing...

        What I'm trying to understand is, how could they fail to finish a race with two cars if the LFA has never raced in Super GT before?

        And by your logic, the GT-R and NSX are both crap too huh? Few of the teams failed to finish a race. Oh my!

        • 5 Years Ago

        To get everything out of the way: Those comments were directed to audi_arena. Not you. But thanks for your reply.

        "Because the LFA has raced before, there's more racing than just japan, and in both races failed to finish due to reliability issues."

        While it is without a doubt that LFA has reliability issues, I don't see how you can compare a LFA mule/production (w/GT wing, wheels, and brakes) and scream that it's unreliable when it's up against teams whose main focus is to build a car that can pass the 24-hour mark. The fact that the LFA finished the 24-Hour of Nurburgring (even if it's in 87th place) is a good sign.

        I mean, bring any other "race" car (R8, Ferrari, Lambo, GTR, etc) onto the track, stock, race in a 24 hour race and see how it fares, if you want to talk about reliability issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "And by your logic, the GT-R and NSX are both crap too huh? Few of the teams failed to finish a race. Oh my!"

        No. You're already independently aware what high esteem I hold the GT-R in and race spec NSX. Both cars, convinently, have also proven themselves in a myrid of races.

        The LF-A has failed to complete races in any guise to date. Had the GT-R failed to complete any race up until today, I'd be saying the same thing. had the NSX failed to complete any race up until today, I'd be saying the same thing. had any ferrari, lambo, the R8, or a dacia sandero failed to complete any race up until today, i'd be saying the same thing.

        I mean exactly what I said, I'm hoping they can at least finish the race, it would be a big improvement over the several failed attempts over the last few years and would go a long way towards toyota's attempt to ape audi's product/racing model by convicning customers their supercars have credibility by placing well or winning races with race bread variants of their cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Quan - already have mate, check all the three starred comments in the topgear thread. When the LF-A performs, I give it just as much credibility as any other car performing. In this environment it has yet to perform.

        @coco - if the R8 had failed to finish any race i'd be eating humble pie and making the same sort of comments. Though the badgewhore comment is entertaining, I better go remove all my criticism of the A6, A3 and A8 to comply with your observation
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Zamafir" is a overzealous german badgewhore move along....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if they can sell the rest of them....
      • 5 Years Ago
      One things the guys at Tricpics missed though. The TOM'S is number 36.

      "But it won this season" you scream. It won last season too. The always run with number 36, regardless (superstition). Xanavi NISMO are the only team AFAIK who takes the "1", hence why a number 1 car is not always on the grid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sponsor petition > superstition?

        If i'm wrong, I stand corrected.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was looking at the 2006 points when they DID win the team/drivers title instead of the year after.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More to the point:

        "The team that the winner of GT500 drivers’ title of the previous year belonged will be given the car number “1”. If the applicable team does not use the number, then it will become a “missing number.”

        TOM'S didnt win the drivers championship last year, only the team championship...the GTR ran with No.1 in 2009, the Autobacs NSX used No.1 in 2008, TOM'S SC430 used No.1 in 2007, Cerumo SC430 used No.1 in 2006 etc. etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow...if you hadn't said it was a rendering, I don't think I'd have known. Nice job!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be honest. I'm not a fan of the LF-A, but this looks great
        • 5 Years Ago
        click_playaz: I never said it was "no match for the Italia"... I said it "can't match" the Italia. If you think about it, there's a big difference....

        The 458 weighs only 15 lbs more- all without the carbon fiber chassis and alumiunum bits. It also has more power and will sell at roughly 60% of the price of the Lexus. The LFA barely tops out at 202 MPH, even with a V10. While the Italia can do 223 with "only" a V8. Sure the LFA is a match for the Italia, but you have to look closer than just "who ran the faster lap" to find the real winner.

        "can't match" and "no match"... different- like I said.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I don't judge a car by it's badge... I know- how foolish of me
        • 5 Years Ago
        Torrent @ TG review, LFA set record 3dec faster than Gallardo in wet condition in TG lap? no match the 458 Italia?
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lemme guess...your not a fan because its a Lexus. Im sure if a ferrari badge was on it all would be right with teh world.

        The car has performance to back it...so its not the performance why you dont like it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        if Ferrari produced this car, I would wonder why they would make a car that can't match their 458 Italia- and price it considerably higher....

        anyway, the looks of the car ruin it for me, plain and simple. It's just not my taste. I like everything else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That first one is the most realistic-looking screenshot I've ever seen.

      Practically all SuperGT cars look awesome.
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