Akio Toyoda Will Drive Lexus LFA in Nürburgring 24h Race

Akio Toyoda in the Lexus LFA

Akio Toyoda, incoming president of Toyota and grandson of the company’s founder, has been confirmed as one of the drivers in the upcoming 24h Nürburgring race:

The grandson of Toyota founder Kiichiro Toyoda is one of four drivers on a Toyota team entering the May 21-24 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in Germany, company spokesman Paul Nolasco said Friday.

The race is an opportunity to test the reliability of products in development, and Toyoda will be racing in the Lexus LF-A, which also entered the same race last year, he said.

“It’s designed to be a sporty car. We put our prototype to a test,” said Nolasco.

Last year, the Lexus LF-A finished seventh in its class, and was 121st among 150 cars that finished from 216 vehicles that started.

Toyoda is widely considered to be the driving force behind the LFA’s push towards production, and just recently won a race at Nürburgring in the supercar prototype, so his participation was expected. Still, how many car company presidents enter into races driving an still-under-development supercar? Wild.

[Source: Forbes]



  1. good luck to him hope he gets first place LOL
    PS i have this idea…do you think they should put LEDs inside the “L” of the Lexus logo so at night it lights up when you’re driving?

  2. LEXUSaddict pretty awesome idea.

  3. thanks…i’m also wondering when they’ll come up with a car that has the blinkers INSIDE the steering wheel so when u turn it to a certain point it just turns on the turn signals by itself…or if they could make a flying car that intakes air extremely fast like a supervacuum into the side of a specially placed pillar, and blows it down extremely fast so the car goes up,and through the back of the pillar, a switch in your car makes the air blow through the back so u start flying. and u use the switch to change from where it blows so u can fly higher or lower, and the car should have a separate engine just for the two pillars. but, meh i doubt that’ll even be considered…

  4. Yeah, neat idea. I think a illuminated symbol would be pretty cool, though it might look gaudy in real life.

  5. Haha. You’re crazy. wink

  6. heh heh LOL genius is crazy wink

  7. Do you mean both exterior & interior bages? Might be nice…

  8. Good one, Lexusaddict. Better get a patent,HA,HA.