Lexus LF-A Racing Cars To Run ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring
The Lexus LF-A is an awesome supercar with a mid-mounted 4.8-liter V10 engine producing 492 horsepower that’s controlled via a manual transmission with paddle shifters. It’s capable of speeds well over 200 mph and has all the latest technological advancements from the world’s largest auto manufacturer, Toyota. Sounds great, right? It would be except for the fact that this car will probably never appear in a showroom for sale. As it stands right now, the LF-A is solely being used as a experimental platform for which some features and engineering know-how will eventually trickle down into production models. These teaser images were released by Toyota ahead of the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours Of the Nürburgring race this weekend.
Gazoo Racing, which competes in the Super GT series in Japan using Lexus cars, is the official race team entering the event. The Toyota contingency is showing up with no less than two LF-A racing cars to run in the Division 2 SP8 class, which is organized for close-to-production models. Drivers for the ADAC Zurich 24 hours of Nurburgring will include a hodgepodge of professionals, dealers and even Akio Toyoda, who is taking over as Toyota’s President in June and is a member of the founding family.
Some reports have indicated that a production version of the Lexus LF-A will make its debut at the Toyota Auto Show in the fall, but the current economic climate makes this highly doubtful. However, that said, Toyoda has expressed a keen interest in bringing back some of the brand’s most exciting models including the Celica and Supra. So the fact that he is grabbing some seat time does keep things interesting. We may not get an LF-A but I’d surely settle for a 500 HP V10 Supra!