It's been awhile since we touched on Toyota's
plans for its upcoming LF-A supercar
, the concept
of which debuted at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show
. Auto Express
is reporting the production version will debut as the pace car at next year's Japanese Grand Prix
, which is taking place at the Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway for the first time in 30 years. The F1 race takes place at the same time as the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
, so we should expect the official debut there. Buyers will still have to wait until early 2009 to buy an LF-A, as Toyota is still working hard to nail down the hardware. Auto Express is reporting sheetmetal has been ditched in favor of an all-carbon fiber body and the powerplant will be a 500-hp 5.0L V10 derived directly from F1 racing. With a weight just north of 2,500 lbs its performance should be world class, as will the price that's expected to be around $150,000.
Thanks for the tip, Ahmet!
[Source: Auto Express, picture credit – Auto Bild