Lexus & Gazoo Racing have announced that an “enhanced sports car research vehicle” called the LFA Code X will be racing in this year’s Nürburgring 24 hour race:
Compared to the LFA’s base 4.8-liter V10 engine, the research vehicle’s engine displacement has been increased to 5.3 liters and system output and torque has been fine-tuned to better suit the Nürburgring course.
Other enhancements include a full carbon frame body to enhance body-rigidity while reducing vehicle weight.
The LFA Code X’s all-star driver squad of Akira Iida, Juichi Wakisaka & Takuto Iguchi only highlights the obvious — Lexus is taking the Nürburgring 24h race very seriously this year.
The debut of the LFA Code X also solves the two year-old mystery of the LFA AD-A, AD-B, & AD-X prototypes seen at Nürburgring, and also opens up another interesting angle — why is Lexus testing an advanced version of a car no longer for sale? Is the updated V10 engine going to be used in a future Lexus car?
Two photos of the car were released, here they are in high-resolution:
(There will also be a second LFA in the Nürburgring 24h race, driven by Takayuki Kinoshita , Hiroaki Ishiura & Kazuya Oshima.)
[Source: Toyota Global]