You'd be forgiven for thinking just because the Lexus LFA has ended its production run (it's been over a year now) that Toyota would have ceased its development. You'd be forgiven, but Gazoo Racing is here to tell you you'd still be wrong.

One of Toyota's many works racing teams, Gazoo is returning to the 24-hour endurance race at the Nürburgring this year with a trio of entries. One is based on the Toyota GT86 (which we know as the Scion FR-S), and one is essentially the same LFA that it's entered in years past. But the third vehicle is dubbed Code X.

It's also based on the LFA, but its 4.8-liter V10 engine has been bored out to 5.3 liters, raising its output to untold levels. It's got a full carbon-fiber chassis and a range of other enhancements that Gazoo isn't telling us about just yet, but they should turn the LFA Code X from a road-going supercar beyond a racecar and into a rolling research lab. Considering that Gazoo has been racing at the 'Ring since 2007 and fielding versions of the LFA there since 2008, it'll be interesting to see how the Code X version fares.
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Lexus LFA and Toyota 86 to Compete in 2014 Nürburgring Endurance Race
LFA-based Research Vehicle Added to Study Future Sports Car Technologies

Toyota City, Japan (Jan. 10, 2014) - Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that its GAZOO Racing team will enter three vehicles in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race to be held in Germany from June 19 through June 22: race versions of the Lexus LFA and Toyota 86, and a new enhanced sports car research vehicle based on the LFA, the GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X.

The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X has been created to enable study of future sports car technologies. Compared to the LFA's base 4.8-liter V10 engine, the research vehicle's engine displacement has been increased to 5.3 liters and system output and torque has been fine-tuned to better suit the Nürburgring course. Other enhancements include a full carbon frame body to enhance body-rigidity while reducing vehicle weight.

The GAZOO Racing team has been competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race since 2007. By providing its own engineers and technicians for race team support, Toyota aims for the race to serve as an opportunity to cultivate "automotive seasoning" personnel able to develop ever-better vehicles for the market.


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      miketim1
      • 11 Months Ago
      Test bed for the next LFA. Can't wait to see the full specs and how it peforms. I always said if the LFA had more power it would easily topple other cars.
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          Bobby
          • 11 Months Ago
          I don't think people bought LFA for status, at the end of the day it's a Lexus, not a Ferrari. Ferrari has a badge that rich people want. Lexus? Don't think so. All the LFA owners I've talked to are gear heads and collectors,
          miketim1
          • 11 Months Ago
          Lol. Shut up
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          Bobby
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701 I think the LFAs were made to order, so each one was made per customer request. So the ones on cars.com are probably people who ordered them and sold em back to the dealership (that's why they're listed new). Because Lexus had 500 orders for them to fill their production, so technically yes they all sold out initially.
          miketim1
          • 11 Months Ago
          How is that a problem when they are sold out ? I kno where im getting my info from thats for me kno and you to find out.
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          mitytitywhitey
          • 11 Months Ago
          In addition to what Bobby said: A lot of the ones on cars.com look to have markups as well. There may have been some speculation going on with the rare car, hoping to flip for more than MSRP.
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      Georg
      • 11 Months Ago
      the big question is if they still place it in the amateur class for cheap "24h class win" or if they finaly have the balls to enter it in the SP9 class (FiA GT3 regulation) were it face true competition from Porsche GT3, R8 LMS, SLS GT3... So far Lexus tricked around entering the LF-A always in the SP8 class were they only see competition of some amateur teams in the hope to claim a easy class victory during the 24h ... most funny last year they were beaten by a amateur team racing a Corvette C6 in the SP8 class... Unfortunatily the LF-A race perfromance at the northloop would place it in the backfield of the SP9 class ... in the dry 2012 race the fastest LF-A laptime was 20seconds of the fastest SP9 racers... thats a giant gap
      pete
      • 11 Months Ago
      A little off topic but... we keep hearing about full carbon fiber chassis in supercars from the likes of McLaren, Ferrari, [insert brand], and even Lexus. When they move to the racetrack, teams install steel roll cages. Has anyone done a carbon fiber roll cage, therefore minimizing weight and maximizing strength? Any thoughts?
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @pete
        Fiber shatters and would never make a good roll cage.
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          pete
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Cool Disco Dan
          Steel bends. What about reinforcing the carbon tubes with kevlar? I know it'd be ridiculously expensive but would it be feasible?
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