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by George Skentzos

Imagine the reaction from Lexus when fellow Japanese car maker Nissan announced the staggering lap time set by its GT-R supercar, instantly raising the bar for the brand’s upcoming LF-A competitor.

Considering the LF-A is yet to make its showroom debut it is safe to assume Lexus is not yet satisfied with the car’s performance, although as a part of its ongoing R&D process Lexus will field a prototype at the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race.

Lexus engineers would be all-too familiar with the ‘Green Hell’, having spent countless hours developing the car on the grueling circuit with this latest opportunity allowing them to exploit the grueling race to gather technical data for the production version.

Lexus LF-A prototype enters the 'Ring

The company will also use the event as an opportunity to develop human resources by giving young mechanics the chance to work as support staff.

Using a front-mid-engine layout, the prototype features a 4.8-litre V10 engine classed as ‘close-to-production’ which develops over 365kW, mated to a paddle-shift sequential manual transmission.

Modifications for the race include safety equipment (roll cage, fuel tank, etc.), as well as a spoiler and other aerodynamic features.

The development team has improved the LF-A’s performance with fine-tuning based on experience gained in last year’s, race while specifications for the engine, powertrain, and body structure remain largely unchanged.




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