Lexus LFA to Enter FIA GT1 Series?


Lexus LFA Racer in FIA GT1

According to Motor Trend, Lexus will be taking the LFA and the experience they gained at the Nürburgring into the FIA GT1 Championship:

In a series that is widely considered to be the pinnacle of sports car racing, Toyota will come up against the likes of Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Lamborghini, Nissan and Maserati.

LFA drivers will reportedly include Japanese aces Junichi Wakisaka and Takayuki Kinoshita as well as a couple of European pilots. Toyota will also be looking to recoup some of the LFA’s sizeable R&D costs by racing in the series. That’s why we will also see the LFA competing in Japan’s GT series. Be sure to keep an eye on the starting grid for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours as well, because the LFA is expected to be there.

This is huge news — expanding the LFA into a racing platform provides an immediate return on the investment made into the supercar’s development, especially if it leads to good finishes in these major events.

Of course, these races all have different rules and regulations — in the case of GT1, the LFA will need a .2L bump in displacement to meet the 5.0L requirement, and will almost certainly be getting a major boost in power.

Admittedly, this is all still rumor, but exciting nonetheless — let’s hope for something official soon.

[Source: Motor Trend]

Comments


  • WorldofLuxury

    This would be very NICE! :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard RDS

    Does the rules said MUST be 5.0-liter ?

  • WorldofLuxury

    I just noticed that the chipmunk cheek, which we first saw on the first LF-A concept, exaggerated on the second, toned down on the Roadster concept, and virtually gone on the production model,… is sort of brought back on the GAZOO LFA.

    Not only that, the IS F and CTh have prominent cheeks. I don’t know what my point is, but I thought all that was worth noting.

  • iCyCo

    I just hate when these auto magazines and such refer to Lexus as Toyota, yes we all know it, but a Lexus is a Lexus and a Toyota is a Toyota. In the past I’d had no problem with the saying as both shared a vehicle (Altezza/IS, Soarer/SC etc) but they’ve gone out of their way to make Lexus have exclusive vehicles hence no more Altezza, no more Soarer.

    They’re trying to build a very prestigous brand introducing the LFa and F marque and these mags keep branding them Toyota a brand in which mose people considers ‘bland’. Why don’t these mags call Ferrari & Maserati FIATS or Porsches & Lambos be called VWs

  • FreeSpirit

    @iCyCo:

    you are right in that

    Audi share a lot with VW

  • Lexus Ben

    Please enter the imfamous Leman 24 hours instead. FIA GT1 series looks kinda boring if you ask me. The LeMans is still the king of all enduro races. Hence will see lots more factory backed works race car in each categories. I honestly don’t think it’s an international event when Ferrari or Porsche is missing in action. I am sorry sending a 6yrs old Maserati MC12 just don’t count.