Details on the First Lexus LFA Owners Club Meet in Japan

Lexus LFA Hero Image Owners Club

Last weekend in Japan, 22 LFAs and 23 LFA owners participated in the inaugural meeting of the Lexus LFA Owners Club. The meet took place at the Lexus College campus inside of the Fuji Speedway.

LFA Chief Engineer Tanahashi Haruhiko was in attendance, and the event was memorialized with a ceremonial planting of a Youkou-zakura Japanese Cherry tree and lunch at Tanta Roba del Museo Gotemba — here’s a photo gallery from the meet:

Here’s a quick video showing the cars in formation:

The Lexus LFA Owners Club is an informal group of owners coming together to celebrate the limited edition Lexus supercar — if this first event is any indication, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from them in the future.

(Thanks Robert!)

Lexus LFA Code X Race Car Testing on Fuji Speedway

Lexus LFA Code X Race Car

The Lexus LFA Code X race car had its final test at the Fuji Speedway in Japan before being shipped to Germany for the Nürburgring 24 Hour Race in June — Gazoo Racing posted some photos on Facebook:

The LFA Code X is a significant new development in Lexus racing — the bigger 5.3L V10 and full carbon frame body would indicate some serious research and development, and there’s speculation this Code X also has a longer wheelbase than the current LFA.

The LFA Code X will make its racing debut at the 2014 Nürburgring 24h race in June.

Lexus LFA Wins Class in 4-Hour VLN2 Race at Nürburgring

Lexus LFA Nürburgring VLN2

The Lexus LFA team of Kinoshita Takayuki & Oshima Kazuya finished the second race of the 2014 Nürburgring VLN Series with a SP8 class win, placing 18th overall.

The IS F team that won the first race of the season at the beginning April finished 3rd in the SP8 class and placed 40th overall.

Gazoo Racing published some nice photos of the LFA in action:

See the full results from the 39th DMV 4-hour race

Details on the Lexus NX 200t Turbo Engine

Lexus NX 200t Turbo Engine

Auto Week has some finer detail on Lexus NX 200t and its Lexus-first turbocharged engine:

The NX 200t will feature Lexus’ first turbo engine, a 2.0-liter four with VVT-iW. Yes, that W is new. It signifies advance and retard of the intake cam. At low loads and rpm it can operate as an Atkinson cycle engine for greater efficiency and lower pumping losses. At higher engine speeds and greater loads it switches to the more standard Otto cycle…

The turbo is a twin-scroll for even more efficiency while the intercooler is an air-to-water-to-air unit. Output is said to be “over 200 hp.” It will be mated to a six-speed ECT automatic transmission which has been engineered for smooth transfer of power and seamless, linear acceleration, according to Lexus.

The dual Atkinson/Otto cycle of the NX 200t is the very same technique being used with the new RC F 5.0L V8 engine — it makes for an interesting balance in boosting fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

Considering the NX’s other North American powertrain is the same 2.5L hybrid engine used in the 200 hp ES 300h, how much horsepower should we expect in this Lexus-first turbo engine?

[Source: Autoweek]

Questions About the Lexus NX? Ask Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato

Lexus NX Compact Crossover

Have a question about the Lexus NX? Takeaki Kato, the chief engineer of the new compact crossover, will be answering questions about the NX direct from the Beijing Motor Show:

You can ask questions online now via Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #LexusInBeijing — answers will be posted on the Lexus International Facebook page & Twitter account starting April 21st.