Lexus LFAs to Race in Nürburgring 24h Race


Lexus LFA Nürburgring 24 Hours Race

The production Lexus LFA will be entering its first professional race when it takes part in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race this May.

Gazoo Racing will be preparing and fielding two LFAs in the race, where the supercars will be receiving some minor aero-effects:

This will mark the third time the LFA has participated in the 24h race on Germany’s famous racetrack, though the previous two times were in pre-production models and piloted by Toyota’s new president, Akio Toyoda—here’s a breakdown of the driving crew:

Led by Toyota master test driver Hiromu Naruse, the team will include four Japanese and three German drivers who between them boast outstanding GT and endurance racing experience.

Takayuki Kinoshita is a six-time winner of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and has competed more often and finished higher (fifth overall) at the Nürburgring 24 Hours than any other Japanese driver. Akira Ida was overall winner of the Tokachi 24 Hours in 1995 and 2007, and both Juichi Wakisaka and Kazuya Oshima have recorded consistent success in Japanese Super GT 500 and GT 300 competition.

The German team members are Armin Hahne, winner of the Spa 24 Hours in 1982 and 1983; Jochen Krumbach, who finished second overall in the 2008 Nürburgring 24 Hours; and Andre Lotterer, Super GT 500 champion in 2006 and 2008.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours race takes place May 13-16—which should be plenty of time for Lexus to co-ordinate an announcement of the LFA Nürburgring track edition that was revealed earlier today.

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  1. WOW WOW WOW!!!! that’s all I can say, I’ve been dreaming of this day for years to come! Ever since i first saw the LFA I’ve been waiting for a race version of the production car and here it is, man those fenders are WICKED! I hope and pray this version will be available to buy- Lexus has outdone themselves here. This is AWESOME!

  2. I wonder if they’re going to race that one LFA this time around, or two as in last year?  If just one, they better be careful to avoid collisions and damage which was an issue before.  This looks to be a new vehicle—or is it a reworked version of #15 which raced last year?  #14 is shown right next to it.

  3. whoa… so buff. I like it.
    Imagine seeing that coming at you in your rear view mirrors.

    The LFA has foglights now! I’d love to try to blind a cop with those two extra lights below the nose; that’s my way of getting back at cops with their cool, new Taurus Interceptors and their blinding and unrecognizable HIDs. LOL

  4. Dan:I wonder if they're going to race that one LFA this time around, or two as in last year?  If just one, they better be careful to avoid collisions and damage which was an issue before.  This looks to be a new vehicle—or is it a reworked version of #15 which raced last year?  #14 is shown right next to it.

    The press release mentions two LFAs, but not if both of them will be new. Considering the one photo you mention, I’m thinking one new/one old. I’ll see about confirmation.

  5. Will there be any Gazoo prepared IS-F’s aswell !!

    I would like to see Lexus line up a small fleet of LFA’s and IS-F’s ... would make a good showcase for the brand.

  6. lol Remember how there were two types of reflectors on the side of the front bumpers of different LFA prototypes? This racing version seems to be taking advantage of the one the protrudes outward - does it help aerodynamically? Is it a camouflaged Taser? raspberry

  7. heh- a taser? probably not, but maybe the lights increase downforce or maybe the opposite? Obviously the race will include TWO brand new LFA’s. Gazoo website confirms this. Why so many drivers if it will be only one car? There is also a rumour that maybe Akio Toyoda will pilot one of the race cars. The foglights are there for night racing, I remember they had fog lights in the middle of the bumper last year.

  8. @TF109B: Yeah they had those lights there. Those two big ones are still there. Sometimes, they’re just covered or aren’t installed yet.

  9. New prespective wink

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  10. @seal: Isn’t Lexus Europe’s Facebook so much better than Lexus USA’s? wink

  11. TF109B:WOW WOW WOW!!!! that's all I can say, I've been dreaming of this day for years to come! Ever since i first saw the LFA I've been waiting for a race version of the production car and here it is, man those fenders are WICKED! I hope and pray this version will be available to buy- Lexus has outdone themselves here. This is AWESOME!

    I wanted to take a look at the pictures again, and then I scrolled down and read your comment again. Then, suddenly, THE GROUND STARTED SHAKING! Dang… I donated so much of my cash away for foreign earthquake relief that I totally forgot about how infamous Los Angeles is for its earthquakes!

    My hand is still shaking right now… gasp

  12. @WorldofLuxury:

    yes indeed wink

  13. krew:

    <CITE>Dan:</CITE>I wonder if they're going to race that one LFA this time around, or two as in last year?

    The press release mentions two LFAs, but not if both of them will be new.

    Also, I doubt they’d use a lineup of seven drivers (4 Japanese/3 German) for just one car.

  14. Also, it’s a shame Akio Toyoda, under his Morizo pseudonym, isn’t driving this year. Then again, with all the stupid Toyota and Lexus recall drama, the mainstream press would be all over him for competing in a race at this time…

  15. 114 photos of CT200h ! the largest photo gallery here wink

    http://www.flickriver.com/search/ct200h/

  16. My love,admiration,facination,adoration,lust,obession etc. for the LFA is clearly never going to fade away!The thing is, even if I were to strike it rich,I’d still not be able to get my hands on an LFA and it’s just heatbreaking. I just wish Lexus had another two-door sportscar to offer in larger numbers,at a lower price and without the need to “apply” to purchase.Something similar to the lovely Aston Martin V8 Vantage based on the IS-F.

  17. I’ve confirmed that both LFAs in the Nürburgring race will be brand-new.

  18. at least here there is no hate on an awesome lexus, every other car site there seems to be a general hate for toyota and lexus. I guess that’s what happens when you’re the best and you’re #1. I really can’t wait to see this car in action. Gazoo.com states that there will be live feed from the race. I’m not sure if this is video or just updating from some of the drivers and crew as to what lap times and what position the car is in. Hopefully the car qualifies very well and it can be in the top 10 that way it can avoid troubles for the first few hours.

  19. @TF109B: Last year as I recall there was a live chart showing the positions of LFAs #14 and #15.

    Thanks for confirming that both LFAs are new and racing!

  20. MAKE IT.

  21. @LFAaddict: Hey. Did the earthquake wake you up?

  22. Eljay:My love,admiration,facination,adoration,lust,obession etc. for the LFA is clearly never going to fade away!The thing is, even if I were to strike it rich,I'd still not be able to get my hands on an LFA and it's just heatbreaking. I just wish Lexus had another two-door sportscar to offer in larger numbers,at a lower price and without the need to "apply" to purchase.Something similar to the lovely Aston Martin V8 Vantage based on the IS-F.

    How about the SC? Current or future one?

  23. Stan:

    <CITE>Eljay:</CITE>My love,admiration,facination,adoration,lust,obession etc. for the LFA is clearly never going to fade away!The thing is, even if I were to strike it rich,I'd still not be able to get my hands on an LFA and it's just heatbreaking. I just wish Lexus had another two-door sportscar to offer in larger numbers,at a lower price and without the need to "apply" to purchase.Something similar to the lovely Aston Martin V8 Vantage based on the IS-F.

    How about the SC? Current or future one?

    I’d love to see the next SC take a more sporty direction,but I’d like it even better to have the SC lean towards the pampering luxury qualities of a Merc or Jag and a separate model that’s racier. Just say the following out loud to yourself: “I drive a Lexus GT-F.” Sound nice,yes? wink

  24. I WANT LEXUS TO GIVE US LOTS OF REALLY COOL, REALLY NICE, RAW VIDEOS!!!

  25. yeah last year they had commentary, hopefully it will be the same, or maybe more. I know they had the charts of their position. I watched it for about 4 or 5 hours. I eventually went to bed and woke up the next morning to see they had fallen way back. Hopefully this year it wont be that way. I’m betting they make a push this year to be amongst the top cars like the R8LMS and the Porsche GT3RSR. I’m hoping they are in the SP9 class. Or is it the SP8 class like last year? Anyone have any information as to what class they are running in? Also the Nurburgring edition looks to have the same wheels as last years racers! Anyone notice that?

  26. @WorldofLuxury:
    hey well sort of i thought it was a dream8-)

  27. I just noticed that the LFA, without known tweaks, can perform extremely well in both a race track like the Nürburgring and a power circuit such as the Top Gear Track.