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.

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[Source: Auto Express, picture credit – Auto Bild]

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