A mystery Lexus LS has been spotted on the Nürburgring sporting some rather extreme performance modifications — let’s start with some photos from Carscoop (click for larger versions):
An immediate first reaction would be that we’re looking at an early prototype of a next-generation LS-F, but with the relative polish (and aggressiveness) of the aero parts, plus the fact that no attempt was made to disguise the car at all, I’m more inclined to think this is a finished project car — though one that might have indeed been built as a LS-F proof-of-concept.
No matter — given the massive front lower grille and the hood vents, it’s safe to say whatever this LS may be, it’s packing some serious horsepower, and that’s exciting all on its own. More details as they become available.
Update: An anonymous commenter shared this observation about the license plate:
It is a project of Toyota Motorsport. The license plate is K-AM XXXX <- K stands for Cologne, AM is used for Andersson Motorsport, the original name of Toyota Motorsport.
The cars of Toyota Germany have their name scheme like this for an LS: K-LS XXXX. Cars under development by TMC caught on the ring got the red license plates with "DAU XXXX" (DAU is "Landkreis Vulkaneifel" a region near to the ring).