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Lexus LFA production is limited to 500 examples.

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Lexus LFA with Nurburgring Package.
There will be 50 cars with this optional package.

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29th March, 2010

• Two production Lexus LFA super cars to compete in Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in May

Lexus is heading back to the legendary Nürburgring in Germany this May to challenge for glory in the 24 Hours endurance race with its LFA super car.

It will be the first time the production LFA is seen in 'full-blooded' competition, taking on one of the world's most challenging circuits.

In two previous outings at the event, development versions of the LFA were raced primarily to assist with honing performance and handling. This time the LFA will line-up as a prime challenger in production car guise.

LFA features a light weight composite construction and a 412 kW mid-mounted V10 engine, capable of reaching 100km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds. It has a top speed of beyond 300 km/h.

Nurburgring LFAs will be prepared under the guidance of Japanese test driver Hiromu Naruse. The team will include four Japanese and three German drivers who between them boast GT and endurance racing experience.

Takayuki Kinoshita is a six-time winner of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and has competed more often and finished higher (fifth overall) at the Nürburgring 24 Hours than any other Japanese driver. Akira Ida was overall winner of the Tokachi 24 Hours in 1995 and 2007, and both Juichi Wakisaka and Kazuya Oshima have recorded consistent success in Japanese Super GT 500 and GT 300 competition.

The German team members are Armin Hahne, winner of the Spa 24 Hours in 1982 and 1983; Jochen Krumbach, who finished second overall in the 2008 Nürburgring 24 Hours; and Andre Lotterer, Super GT 500 champion in 2006 and 2008.

The Nurburgring 24 hour will be conducted over the period 13th to 16th May, 2010.

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New track-focused Nürburgring package

  • Lexus introduces Nurburgring package for the LFA super car, aimed at track driving enthusiasts
  • New aerodynamic elements for greater downforce, including fixed rear wing
  • Performance package launched in celebration of LFA’s entry in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race
  • Just  50 examples to be built, within the total LFA production limit of 500 cars

In celebration of its LFA super car taking on the challenge of the Nürburgring 24 Hours race in May, Lexus has launched a new performance package designed to appeal to customers seeking full-blooded track performance.

The new Nürburgring package provides additional aerodynamic features and technical revisions that improve handling and downforce without compromising the exceptional speed and acceleration that are central to the LFA’s driving character.

Greater downforce, essential to peak track performance, has been gained through revisions and additions to several of the LFA’s CFRP components, including a larger front spoiler, side fin-type spoilers and a new fixed rear wing.

Maximum power from the mid-front-mounted 4.8 litre V10 engine has been increased and gear shifts in the six speed sequential transmission have been cut to just 0.15 seconds.

Handling modifications include sports tuning of the suspension and mesh-type wheels shod with dedicated high-grip tyres.

Just 50 LFAs will be available with the Nurburgring package, within the car’s strictly limited global production run of 500 examples.


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