Lexus LC to Race in 24 Hours of Nürburgring

Lexus LC Nürburgring Race Car

A new Lexus LC race car is set to participate in the 46th annual 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany. The LC has been built to race specifications, and incorporates advanced development technologies destined for future production vehicles — the press release outlines the changes:

  • Body technology development (reducing weight, increasing rigidity)
  • Driver assistance technology (enhancing visibility, etc.)
  • Aerodynamics development
  • Engine development (increasing power by reducing friction, enhancing fuel economy, etc.)
  • Suspension technology (reducing weight, increasing rigidity, enhancing responsiveness, etc.)

Drivers for the 24-hour race will be Takeshi Tsuchiya as the chief driver, along with young drivers Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama. Tsuchiya was sure to temper expectations about the LC in its first race:

“The race car we are currently developing, the Lexus LC, is still in its infancy and finally beginning to take its first steps’, said Takeshi Tsuchiya, Driver. “It will be some time before it can properly stand by itself, but it will be well worth the effort, and I’m delighted to actually be involved in the company’s efforts towards “making ever-better cars” for the future. As the drivers, the four of us will work together to bring the company’s goals to fruition.”