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The History of the Lexus LFA From Prototype to Production

Lexus LFA

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.

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Chief Test/Engineer Hiromu Naruse Dies in Crash.

Yesterday on the roads near the Nurburgring, has cost the life of the infamous Toyota/Gazoo chief test driver  and engineer Hiromu Naruse.

The 67-year old was driving a Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition when it crashed into another prototype the BMW 3-Series.

The BMW test drivers, age 34 and 33 years old were also injured, with one in critical condition.

Hiromu Naruse started his career with Toyota in 1963,  And Contributed in important role in developing the Lexus LFA and was a key member of the Gazoo racing team at this years ADAC 24h Race.

Perhaps a rename of the “Nurburgring Edition”  is called for  perhaps simply the “Naruse Nurburgring Edition” would be a fitting tribute for the historic man and marque.

Our condolences go out to all at Lexus and Gazoo Racing.

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