Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition Set to Race a Jet

Lexus LFA vs Business Jet

This afternoon, a brand new Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition will racing an unusual opponent, when it goes up against the Eclipse 500 business jet at the Vance Brand Airport in Colorado — here’s Paul Williamsen of Lexus College to explain how the race is even possible:

(This race comes at the end of a week-long drive through Colorado in order to break in the LFA Nürburgring Edition — here’s a photo gallery from the trip.)

There’s sure to be more about the LFA vs. Jet race shortly — time to place bets on who will win!

Update: According to Facebook, it looks like the LFA has won the race against the Eclipse 500 jet, beating the aircraft to the finish line by 2 seconds:

Lexus LFA vs. Jet


  • Joshd

    Looks like a cool idea.  DIdn’t lexus do something similar with the LFA? Or am i thinking of another car manufacture.  (maybe an ISF)
    Also what was the video made on, a camera phone?  It was all out of focus..

    • 05RollaXRS

      No Lexus never did anything like this before. IS-F would not be a good choice since it does not have enough power or acceleration to take off and be able to catch up to a jet that has a 160 knots (170 – 180 km/h or 115 mph) head start in less than a mile. (4800 feet = 1.5 KM or 0.9 mile). 

      LFA Nurburgring edition can hit 0 – 100 mph in less than 7 seconds so it will have no issues catching up to the jet before it hits the braking zone.It was the Corvette ZR-1 that was raced using a similar format against a blue F-18 that is used for airshows.

    • rtgrthgh

      nobody has a real camera nowadays…

    • Marc

      Josh… I flew the Eclipse Jet and was deeply involved in planning the event.  To our knowledge, there have been many “car vs jet fighter” races, but none between a street legal super sports car and a certified business jet… Lexus or otherwise.  We had to overcome many novel aspects that pushed the limits of safety and legality (but we were careful not to bust any).  I posted a detailed write-up on a blog at MotorAuthority if you are interested in knowing more about it.   As for the photography, Lexus is editing a film about the event now.  There were five cameras inside the jet, three attached externally, a helicopter camera, a bunch on/in the LFA and 15+ cameras on the ground… not to mention a separate film crew doing a “making of” film.  I haven’t seen the footage, but I expect the edited film to be really cool and definitely a higher quality than the snippet above.  Cheers.

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    Why bother when the car is now virtually out-of-production?  

    What are they trying to prove, that their Nurburgring time didn’t?

  • Justindmps

    damn I want that LFA diecast just because I can’t afford the real one

  • 05RollaXRS

    Via Lexus USA

    “The LFA Nürburgring roared across the finish line two seconds ahead of the Eclipse 500 in today’s showdown. Official results and photos tomorrow.”

  • F1orce

    Very impressive.

  • MT

    Nice PR event but completely useless from a technical point of view.

    Dropping a potatoe from the top of the sears tower will give you higher maximum speed than the 306hp GS350.

    So what does that tell us?

    • MD

       Tells nothing.

      Sorry, but your example has no relevance to the test here. Either you don’t understand how the shootout worked or you are completely missing the point of it.