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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