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Lexus LFA race edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Motor Trend is reporting that Toyota's may be getting back into motorsports big-time with a GT entry based on the Lexus LFA. According to the report, Lexus would enter the FIA GT1 championship to take on the Nissan GT-R. This seems like a move downmarket for the $375,000 Lexus sports car from a marketing standpoint. GT1 is also a faltering race class that's being eliminated under the new 2011 Le Mans rules.

If Toyota wants to race the LFA, it would make more sense to head to Le Mans where it can take on Ferraris, Aston Martins and Porsches in the GT2 class. The LFA race edition (above) that's already been developed and run in the last two 24 hour races at the Nürburgring would already be close to GT2 specification and could be ready for the 2011 race season.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish them luck. The LFA is a great car make the most of it.


      Plus going into motor sports just builds more character :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see how it goes... perhaps it's name will be vindicated? I would like it to be so, but don't think I'll get my hopes up too high.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @andyb

      Lexus raced the SP8 not SP9 (Fia GT 3) class

      2010 24h northloop class result
      http://adac.24h-rennen.de/uploads/media/24h-Rennen_ENDERGEBNIS_Klassen_Neu.pdf

      2010 24h northloop overall result
      http://adac.24h-rennen.de/uploads/media/24h-Rennen_ENDERGEBNIS_Gesamt_neu_01.pdf

      The LF-A even lost to race monsters like the Audi TT-S, VW Scirocco CNG(running with stock DSG transmissions!!), Nissan 350Z or BMW Z4.... realy a awsome result from Lexus...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh yes please. With this thing's success at the 24 hrs of Nurburgring, I can't WAIT to see what they accomplish in GT2... LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      To all you haters at there the LFA did win its class at the 24 hour Nurburgring race.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW won overall, but IIRC Lexus won the SP9 class
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ jholsworth , did you look at the other cars in its class ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BlackViggen seriously? You do understand what winning in it's class means right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The LF-A won a class with not competition...

        only 12 cars started in the SP8 class 3 of the 12 were Lexus (2 LF-A 1 IS-F)
        the other cars were the Aston Martin Rapide...a 4door
        2 oldschool Audi touring car saloons from the 1980´s and 1990´s a old Audi RS4 and some private raced Audi R8 (V8) no other factory team with a serious car was in this class...

        The factory race LF-A was laped several times by the PRODUCTION Porsche GT3 RS that drove with licens plate to the 24h race and from the 24h race back home to Stuttgart on its own wheels..

        Don´t try to let that pointless Lexus class win look like a success...Lexus had not the balls to enter the GT3 24h class were the real competition happens between the Porsche and Audi´s
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right, LFA won its class race and placed in 18th spot overall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think anything short of going up against the best in Sportscar racing would be a grave marketing mistake for Lexus. It would be better to lose to the likes of Ferrari for a few years while the car is getting dialed in then have a chance to lose to a GT-R or Vette or even a 911.
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