The guys across at motor-authority have found out that Toyota’s Motorsport division (TMG) will unveil the Lexus LS 650 prototype at the Essen Motor Show on the 1st of December.
We Spotted this car at the Nurburgring’s industry pool last year and has not been spied since, the car was surprisingly not camouflaged but perhaps a lot of changes to the car have been made, including aggressive wheel arches and the addition of carbon splitters.
As you can see from the photos it has got bonnet vents and huge brakes along with a rear spoiler.
Its good to see what happens when a Pilot visits his Local Lexus dealership in Colorado, he got chatting with Lexus LFA Owner Kent Stevinson from Stevinson Automotive in Denver Colorado.
They decide to have a race against his Eclipse 500 jet down the 4,800 ft. runway of Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont, Colorado and back, and a Friendly charitable donation bet to the winners charity.
The Lexus LFA is powered by a 4.8 litre V10 which is naturally aspirated which can dash 0-62mph in an impressive 3.7 seconds, Compared to the 425mph Eclipse 500 Jet.
This industry test week at the Nurburgring has certainly has a supercar feel to it, with the Mercedes SLS Black Edition and the Audi R8 GT spied turning laps at the “Green Hell.” That supercar trend continues today as Lexus engineers have just begun testing what looks to be an even MORE track-focused version of the LFA!
Initially, this manufacturer-plated test car looked a lot like the LF-A Nurburgring Edition, but a closer look reveals the changes. Its actually the third version of the AD-Special Edition models that was started with the AD-A in blue and then followed by the green AD-B. This one is called AD-X and the color settings reminds of the classic Porsche 911 Carrera RS. With the other AD-prototypes to be said to be one-offs we suspect that this one will sadly also be a one-off. But we can always hope. Continue reading Hardcore Lexus LFA Special Edition AD-X!→
Here is a great little video of Gazoo Racing steep learning curve at the infamous 24h race on the Nürburgring in Germany, the story began in 2008 where the racing prototype finished in 121st place due to some extended time in the pits where it managed 100 laps compared to the 148 by the winning GT3 RSR.
A year later the two LF-A racecars were powered by a 4.8-liter (4805cc) V10 engine’s entered again the ADAC 24H, Armin Hahne, Andre Lotterer, and Hiromu Naruse achieved sub-9min laps and a best time of 8:50.458, which was the fastest time in the SP8 class.
This video shows the life story of the critically acclaimed LFA which took its toll with the tragic loss of Chief Test Driver Hiromu Naruse.
Ironically is death was at the hands of the Nurburgring Edition LFA.
Also shown is the short lived lap record 7:14 which was a tribute to the personally witnessed testing strategy at the Nurburgring.
powered by a sophisticated new high-revving 4.8-liter V10 engine that generates 552 hp (412kW/560DIN hp) and 354 lb-ft (480Nm) of torque for adrenaline-fuelled 202 mph (325km/h) performance. This specially-developed powerplant is hooked up to a unique six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox (ASG) with paddle shifters for ultimate driver control. Linked by a rigid torque tube for excellent drivetrain integrity, the ASG is located in a transaxle layout over the rear axle for an optimal 48:52 front-to-rear weight distribution.