Nürburgring 24h Race: Lexus LFA Updates


Lexus LFA Teams

Toyota President Akio Toyoda will be one of the four drivers racing the Gazoo Racing #48Lexus LFA in the 41st annual Nürburgring 24 hour race this weekend in Germany, joining the team of Takayuki Kinoshita, Hiroaki Ishiura, & Kazuya Oshima. The LFA will be racing in the SP8 class.

A second prototype #53 LFA Code X will be racing in the SP PRO class, driven by Akira Iida, Juichi Wakisaka, & Takuto Iguchi.

The race will be livestreamed on the Gazoo Racing website and the VLN Nürburgring Race page. Racing updates will also be posted here at Lexus Enthusiast throughout the weekend.

May 21th, 2013


10:18am ET: The race is now over. The #53 LFA Code X finished 11th overall & first in the SP-PRO class. The #48 LFA finished 13th overall & first in the SP8 class. Huge wins for both teams!

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Two Lexus LFAs to Participate in This Weekend’s 24h of Nürburgring Race


Lexus LFAs Nürburgring 24h

This weekend, two Lexus LFA teams will be racing in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This marks the eighth consecutive year that an LFA has participated in the race.


The Teams

Lexus LFA Nürburgring 24h

The first team is the #48 LFA driving in the SP8 class, here’s some information about the drivers:

  • Takayuki Kinoshita: Mr. Kinoshita started his racing career in 1983. He won many times in Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Japanese Touring Car Championship and SUPER GT. He has greatest number of participation as Japanese in 24-Hour Nürburgring.
  • Hiroaki Ishiura: Mr. Ishiura has accomplished great results in SUPER GT and Japanese Championship Formula Nippon. He participated in SUPER GT (GT500 Class) from LEXUS TEAM SARD in 2013. This year’s Nürburgring 24-Hour is his 4th challenge.
  • Kazuya Oshima: Mr. Oshima has accomplished great results in SUPER GT, Japanese Championship Formula Nippon. He participated in SUPER GT (GT500 Class) from LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS in 2013 and won in SUPER GT Round8 Motegi.

Lexus LFA Code X Nürburgring 24h

The second team is the #53 LFA Code X driving in the SP PRO class, here’s some information about the drivers:

  • Akira Iida: Mr. Iida debuted in Fuji freshman race in 1989, and since then he has accomplished great results in SUPER GT, Japanese GT Championship. He established reputation for driving technique with various settings.
  • Juichi Wakisaka: Mr. Wakisaka won in SUPER GT500 in 2002, 2006 and 2009. He participated in SUPER GT(GT500 Class) from LEXUS TEAM SARD in 2013. After absence of 1 year, he challenges to his 4th 24-Hour Nürburgring this year.
  • Takuto Iguchi: Mr. Iguchi participated in SUPER GT (GT300 Class) in 2008. He achieved overall champion in Bangsean 4-Hours endurance race in 2012. He participated in SUPER endurance (ST 4 Class) and won in SUPER GT Round5 Okayama in 2013.

Lexus has also released a couple videos leading up to the race, here’s the initial shakedown of the two LFAs:

Here’s Toyota president Akio Toyoda driving each of the race cars:


This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours schedule began with the first qualifying session yesterday, followed by the second qualifying session today. The race itself takes place over Saturday and Sunday.

The event will be streamed live on the Gazoo Racing website, and we’ll have a liveblog going once the race starts tomorrow. Good luck, teams!

Video: Lexus IS F CCS-R Race Car Added to Gran Turismo 6


Lexus IS F CCS-R GT6

The Lexus IS F CCS-R has been added to Gran Turismo 6 as part of a major game update — here are some videos featuring the Lexus race car:

(Also joining the IS F CCS-R is the Toyota TS030 Hybrid race car — looks like it’s time to dust off the Playstation 3.)

Video: Interview with Lexus RC Designers


Lexus RC Key Person Interview

Here’s a new video interview with Lexus RC designer Yasuo Kajino and color designer Yoichiro Kitamura, the man responsible for the RC’s Infrared exterior color:

A Visit to Lexus of Royal Oak in Calgary, Alberta


Lexus of Royal Oak

On a recent trip through Western Canada, I stopped for a visit at Lexus of Royal Oak in Calgary, Alberta.

One of the first dealerships in the world to be built to the new international design standards, the entire building is bright and airy — let’s take a tour.

Lexus of Royal Oak Interior

Lexus of Royal Oak is a giant facility located in the northwest part of Calgary, though it manages to hide its size well from the outside.

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