The Interwebs were recently aflutter with rumors that Lexus had set a new Nürburgring production car record with its LFA supercar. The Japanese automaker has stepped forward to lend credence those rumors... by producing an official video of the record-breaking 7:14.64 run. That figure represents a mighty quick 20.6-kilometer jaunt, besting efforts put forth by a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R and even a Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Lexus used an even more limited-edition version of its already limited LFA known as the Nürburgring Edition. Only 50 examples are to be built, which represents 1/10th of total planned LFA production. The differences on this limited, limited-edition car can be found in the added aero bits, track-tuned suspension, custom wheels and an extra 11 horsepower. That extra oomph brings total power up to 563 horses, compared to the "standard" car's 552.

That power boost is clearly enough to push the LFA around the track more quickly than any production car has gone before. However, the inquisitive minds at The Truth About Cars bring up a good point with regards to "production car" records set on the 'Ring. Lexus only built 500 examples of the LFA, and just 50 of those are Nürburgring Edition cars. Should we consider that small production run enough for the car to qualify? If so, why can't we consider the times produced by a pair of Radical entries and a Gumpert Apollo Sport as part of the production class? If we do, then the LFA's time would actually fall to fourth. None of the aforementioned vehicles are mass-market units, but they are sold in the States, if in very limited numbers.

Still, we don't want to take anything away from Lexus on a truly amazing blast around this famed German circuit. Click past the jump to watch the video ride-along for yourself.



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Lexus LFA achieves a 7minute 14.64 seconds lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Lexus LFA Nürburgring package achieves a class leading Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7:14.64, driven by LFA race and test driver Akira Iida.
50 from a total LFA production run of 500 will feature the track-focused Nürburgring package
The LFA Nürburgring package features enhanced aerodynamic performance, tuned suspension and a maximum power of 420 kW/571 DIN hp

On August 31st 2011, Lexus undertook a performance check with the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package, a two-seater supercar, at the Nürburgring (Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany).

Scheduled for production in 2012, the LFA Nürburgring Package has been optimized to deliver higher performance on the track, with a number of modifications made to the standard LFA. The LFA Nürburgring package is included in the limited 500 production run of the LFA.

The Nürburgring package includes a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) front spoiler and fixed rear wing to enhance aerodynamic performance. The LFA Nürburgring Package also comes with track tuned suspension and custom wheels to improve maneuverability and stability. Compared to the standard LFA's output of 412 kW (560 PS), the output of the LFA Nürburgring package has been raised to 420 kW (571 PS).

On the Nürburgring Nordschliefe (North Loop), where the LFA was extensively developed, professional race driver and LFA test driver, Akira Iida recorded a lap time of just 7:14.64. The tires used during the performance evaluation were Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires which are the standard road legal specification for this LFA.

Dr. Schmidt , the COO of the Nürburgring Automotive GmbH stated "For us, it is always very special when a car is developed to meet the needs of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. It shows us that the Nordschleife still is of particular importance for the automotive industry and that it still radiates a tremendous fascination. Lexus met the challenge Nordschleife by developing the Lexus LFA Nürburgring package. The lap time driven demonstrates impressively that Lexus have done an excellent job in matching the challenges of the track with the needs of an exclusive sports car. This is an outstanding result for Lexus and a reassurance of the excellent work done. We are very delighted by this".

Haruhiko Tanahashi, LFA Chief Engineer stated "Since 2004 in the spring and summer of every year we have conducted development tests for the LFA at Nürburgring Nordschleife. The LFA Nürburgring package is the compilation of our extensive testing programme and we have appreciated the opportunities to utilise the Nürburgring Nordschleife to strengthen and develop the LFA into the vehicle it is today. The development team's obsession, Iida-san's concentration and good course conditions all led to achieving this record".

Commenting on the result Iida-san said "We are delighted with this achievement. Our ongoing development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nürburgring 24h race have enabled us to continued to tune the vehicle. The result with the LFA Nürburgring package shows the cars ultimate performance and agility. This is a first activity of its type for Lexus and the constant effort of the team has brought this fantastic result".

The Lexus LFA supercar was first shown at the 41st Tokyo motorshow. The development took place over a period of ten years and was an indispensable step for Lexus, and its future models. The first model of the new generation Lexus, the new GS shows the new direction for the brand in terms of bold, dynamic styling, precise handling and innovative technology. The full hybrid GS 450h will be shown for the first time at Frankfurt motorshow on the 13th September.


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      landypd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok now the LEXUS LFA and the GT-R are setting fast lap at the ring. What does this mean to HONDA ?
      nismokid02
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since when did lower production numbers improve your track times? This is irrevelant. The distinction is that it is road legal, full interior, and no roll cage. And unlike the Radical and Gumpert, this actually looks like a road car. I wouldn't be surprised if it has air con and a sat nav installed.
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nismokid02
        the funny part is..... the LFA has a 12 speaker mark levinson sound system and one of the best nav systems on the market... take that stripped out porsche gt2 RS and ferrari 599 GTO
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the little "girly clap" at the end.
      Soichiro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just think of the time it could have posted on PS3's (like the GT2 RS & Corvette ZR-1 wore) . This lap time on RE070's is ridiculously quick!
        miketim1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soichiro
        I just posted a comment about this ! It did this lap time on the GTR's old tires that Nissan claimed wasn't up to par.
        Soichiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Soichiro
        *edit* I meant to say Pilot Sport Cup's, not PS3's >__<
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I also want to know what the difference between production and street legal is? Does a production car with non-street legal tyres qualify? Who makes these rules! *shakes fist*
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Redline
        Production just means they actually make the cars for sale to the public. Street legal is just that, you can drive it on the street. Problem is that this varies by country. That radical holding the record is NOT street legal in the US, though it's sold here...as a race car. The LFA manages to be street legal in all major car markets while running real street tires. That, is the real achievement.
      Dest
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Should we consider that small production run enough for the car to qualify? If so, why can't we consider the times produced by a pair of Radical entries and a Gumpert Apollo Sport as part of the production class? If we do, then the LFA's time would actually fall to fourth." And I've got to love how Autoblog has the balls to ask if the LFA is too limited to qualiy as production class and then lump it with the Gumpert Apollo, which is a bespoke, built-to-order supercar that is only road legal in Germany. Note what Autoblog had to say in the Apollo record article: "Here's hoping that one day some sort of governing body sanctions 'Ring times. And we won't say a word to Radical and their "record." Hey, they think a Gumpert that's not even road legal in most places and is bespoke should get the production car crown over the radical (since it looks like a race car, isn't road legal in the US, and used semi-slicks) yet they are skeptical whether the LFA should get the crown despite it not being bespoke, being road legal, and only having to use some bridgestone potenzas. The anti-Lexus bias is showing once again here on Autoblog.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      seriously though...does anybody really care (with the exception of a few desperate lexunistas) how this car performs. Lexus wil be lame undesireble rebrdles of how fast this thing is. Lexus IS NOT A SPORTS SEDAN!!! it's an expensive bloated toyota
        tobyjc81
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        Google "LFA Nürburgring record" and tell me how many reults you get. That should be an indication of how much pople are interested.
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        This is EXACTLY what Lexus needs: a car that makes people dream of owning a Lexus....just like I dreamt of Corvettes growing up and it made me a Chevy fan. I've owned all GM cars including the C5 I drive now....all because of those 'Vette posters on my wall growing up. Also- regardless of your view of Toyota (I personally do not like much of anything from Toyota) this car is an engineer's wet dream. I would love to just sit in an LFA....or even better hear it rev in person.
        dowens1617
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        Someone's feeling all butt hurt, cause whatever god awful vehicle he\she likes or supports can't and won't come close to matching this particular cars track time.
        Bobby
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        seriously tho, how ignorant can u get?
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carfan
        aww... I think that @carfan needs a hug and a nap.
      Dest
      • 3 Years Ago
      And as usual in a Lexus article... haters gonna hate!
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dest
        I could probably be considered a Toyota hater....but I LOVE the LFA. What a fantastic car. I think it is so cool that Toyota actually made this thing
      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      seems Japanese supercars are rewriting the pages again in Supercar driveability. The GTR. the NSX and now the LFA are proving the easiest supercars to drive at their limits. Some purist might say its a cheat, but hey if a regular joe like me could muster a +5sec gap on a GTR compared driving the unpredictable ZR-1, ill gladly choose the GTR! hats off to Lexus!!!!
        WhoDat?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duane
        Cheers to you Duane!!!
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duane
        I don't know about easy, Tiff Needell found the car quite challenging. The suspension and chassis is incredibly stiff so there is very little room for error. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-3PBD1aXD8
      Enzo22
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, with all the fabulous success of Toyota's F1 program, it's no wonder that Lexus can develop such a world-beating supercar....oh wait...well, good job anyways. Also, I heard it lacks Lexus' classic numb steering, so it's not a REAL Lexus.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Enzo22
        A CTS-V doesn't have marshmallows and mattresses as suspension, and doesn't look and handle like the Titanic. Does that mean it's not a Cadillac? Stupid comment.
      drant22
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definition: Production Vehicle: A production vehicle is one that is put into mass production, as a model produced in large numbers and offered for sale to the public. It is the vehicle you can actually go out and buy. I'm not a Nissan fanboi, or a Chevy fanboi, but I'm pretty sure people can order as many of those cars as they want...The LFA? Not so much.
        QCRamAir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @drant22
        "It is the vehicle you can actually go out and buy." Guess what: People can "actually go out and buy" the LFA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Peter T
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah sure, tell that also to Porsche, Ferrari, Chevrolet, and all of the other companies; they have been in the racing business probably before you were even born! This machine may not be as fast as an F1 car, but it sure as hell is faster than more cars than you can name.
        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        guys, this guy's a silly troll, like the electric car dude and the gtr fanboys. He posts this in a bunch of threads. Either that or he can't actually tell the difference between production luxury cars and purpose-built race cars. So he's either an ass, or he's dumb. In neither case should we worry about him.
        sysadm1n
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is this a joke?
        EmptyCamaro
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ive had enough of you nitwits acting like you know whats what and spewing your **** even though you dont know anything about what you are saying! Get your facts straight before you post any of this ****, cause otherwise its just plain annoying. The Zakspeed Capri is a purpose built group 5 racecar, where the only "Old Skool Ford Technology" part of the car is the roof, a pillar and part of the bulkhead. The Capri had around 450 hp, powered by an engine from 1986, not the 70s. So a ~1700lb group 5 race car with 450 hp(3.77 lb/hp ratio) vs a ~3400lb luxury car with 560 hp(6.07 lb/hp ratio) and the Capri wins. No wonder why, the Capri has almost twice the horsepower per pound than the LFA, not to mention, ITS A FREAKING RACECAR! The LFA isnt piss poor, You are jelly.
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