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Lexus looks to be giving the Baja 1000 its due. The luxury automaker showed off an LX 570 built by JT Grey Racing to take to the desert sands. With dual King Racing shocks, large 37-inch BF Goodrich tires and a host of safety equipment, the high-riding SUV looks ready to do battle with the best of them. Inside, Sparco was kind enough to supply a set of racing seats as well as an EVO steering wheel. A Lowrance HD7 / LMF 400 navigation ensures that the driver knows where the course is headed, and a Kenwood 110 radio and intercom system means that driver and navigator can stay in contact.

Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it, though Toyota has already made it clear that the company intends to take to the legendary endurance course with its Long Beach Racers Tacoma. We think there would be plenty of room in the ranks for this LX 570, too, but that's just us.

UPDATE: While Lexus may not have a Baja pedigree, JT Grey Racing does. The team is planning to campaign this vehicle in next year's race in an attempt to knock out a second Stock-Full Championship.


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      SuperSkyline89
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it is based on the Land Cruiser right, so I don't see why this would be surprising.
      John Barrett
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Does this mean that Lexus is heading to Baja? We doubt it ." if i remember correctly lexus has been down in baja for 2 years now! last year in the 1000 they actually won first place in there class. lets see if Joe Bacal can do it once more this year :)
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, I'm with the other people now... DO SOME DAMN RESEARCH! Holy crap guys! You guys are supposed to be a credible source for everything automotive, yet you fail to produce any type of accurate information. You guys are journalist. Journalist do research. They do BUNCHES of research. I know this because I spent time in college studying journalism (which I quit in order to pursue other ventures). A good journalist can be easily compared to an FBI agent, US Marshall, and police detective in terms of research. Yet it seems none of you actually do your research. Lexus has been in the Baja 1000 twice now, having one win in its class. They're looking at a 3rd year with this vehicle. Also, the Lexus LX570 comes from a GIANT background of off-roading expertise. It's based on the Land Cruiser that is sold overseas. The Land Cruiser comes from vehicles like the classic FJ Land Cruiser, in which was, and still is today, compared to the likes of the Land Rover Defender and Jeep Wrangler
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      As crazy as it seems to have a Lexus do it, I think it's quite awesome.
      bstockfull
      • 3 Years Ago
      The number 860 is the Class Champion number from the year before for the "Stock Full" class. SCORE issues this for winning the CHAMPIONSHIP 2010.....
      JohnnyOJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog editors, Try using Google once and a while for a little background research. http://www.jtgrey.com/jtgreyrace.html
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to pee on the parade here but this isn't that amazing since Lexus has little to do with this aside from supplying an emblem, body and marketing, everything that actually matters is the Land Cruiser which has an established rep as one of the best offroaders in history.
      John Dohrmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a video that highlights Joe Bacal's 2010 SCORE off-road championship season, and the Baja 1000 win in the Stock Full class behind the wheel of an LX 570. The truck you saw at SEMA is the second generation of that vehicle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuxa70Kg58
      John Dohrmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a video Lexus put together that highlights Joe Bacal's 2010 SCORE off-road championship season, and the Baja 1000 win in the Stock Full class behind the wheel of an LX 570. The one you saw at SEMA is the second generation of that truck—bigger shocks, paddle shifters, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuxa70Kg58
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      BTW EPIC LEXUS SUV !
      bstockfull
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Joe and Lexus also won the Toyota Milestone Award. This means he finished every mile of every race in the season. Only 13 drivers were awarded this Go Lexus!