A Wicked Driver’s Ed: My Experience at the Lexus LFA Driver Development Program


Lexus LFA Driver Development Program by Kevin Watts

It is with extreme excitement that I present my article about the Lexus LFA Driver Development program, which is now being featured on the Lexus Magazine website — here’s a quote:

While no LFA owner myself, I did get the opportunity to attend this full-day driving school at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California — which would explain how I found myself strapped into an LFA prototype on an overcast Monday in March, set to see just what speed I could hit in a quarter mile before it was time to apply maximum brake pressure.

Blasting off the line, it’s not just the speed that hits me — mashing that accelerator pedal to the ground brings this sonic wave of pure unseen force, a wall of noise and gravity that has to be similar to sitting inside a jet turbine.

The exhaust note, which was so important to the overall LFA experience that Lexus had Yamaha’s music division fine-tune its tone, breaks into the interior cabin through three sound channels and has so much weight, it’s practically an additional passenger in the car with you.

After my sessions in the driver’s seat, I returned the following day to take the photos that accompany the article — here’s one of the fifteen photos:

Lexus LFA @ Infineon Raceway

Getting a chance to drive the LFA at the Infineon Raceway was the chance of a lifetime, and I have to thank everyone that had a hand in making it possible — be sure to check out the full article over at Lexus Magazine, and don’t forget to view the slideshow!

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Comments


  • 05RollaXRS

    Thanks krew. Great write up and awesome pictures. Any updates on when the LFA driver development video will be released?? Thanks.

    Some news:

    Edmunds insideline is getting an LFA for a 1-week road trip. Sounds pretty amazing:

    http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2011/04/lexus-lfa-road-trip-starts-next-week.html

    Also another video of BestMotoring battle:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhNi7pljEqw

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Thanks, friend!

    Still no word about the video, I’ll be sure to let you know the minute I find out anything.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article and pictures to match

    Questions: does every LFA owner get to attend? Participate?

  • Shane From Australia

    Thanks for the good reading Krew, i really enjoyed the article and pics.

    Cheers

  • enthusiast

    You are a lucky man. Not just because you got to attend this event, but because you are a talented writer and photographer. I really enjoy reading your well written articles. Nice job on this one too!

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Thanks!

    As for the specifics, the day program cost $3,500 to attend, and not every owner attended.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Thanks!

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Appreciate the kind words. :-)