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Gazoo Racing at the Nürburgring video – Determined to Suceed

Gazoo Racing LFA

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.

The number 15 car suffered fire and had to retire 90mins before the finish of the endurance race, the number 14 car finished the race and was ranked 4th in its class and 87th overall.
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Lexus LFA Nürburgring Confirmed – Geneva Unofficial Pics

Back in september last year Lexus returned with the LFA Nürburgring edition after the first prototype, cost the life of the legendary chief designer/driver Hiromu Naruse in an horrific accident close to the Nordschleife.

Now for the first time Lexus are officially to reveal the customisation to the public and press at this years Geneva Motorshow.

The Nürburgring Package is aimed at customers looking for even more focused version of the already ample super car, The package includes aerodynamic features honed on the legendary nordscleife.

Power is hiked by only 10bhp to counter the additional down-force from the fixed spoiler and a quicker up gear shifting with a reprogrammed transmission.

But enjoy my pictures of the Lexus LFA Hiromu Naruse Edition a more apt name in my honest opinion.

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Lexus Pays Tribute to the Nurmiester Hiromu Naruse

Anybody whose ever been associated with Lexus and Toyota will tell you that few people are as respected as Master Test Driver Hiromu Naruse who i met at this years Nurburgring 24h.

The iconic test driver for Toyota began his career with the company as an accountant, but quickly displayed a knack for his expertise in building and developing cars.

In the past 47 years, Naruse inspired and had a hand in building almost every sports car built by Toyota, including his latest work of art, the Lexus LF-A.

Sadly, Naruse’s life was taken while driving the last masterpiece he helped build, the LF-A Nurburgring Edition, after a tragic car accident cost Toyota more than just its “NurMiester”.

The company lost a friend, a brother, a hero, and an icon.

As a sign of respect to honor the man many say is one of the best test drivers in history – he’s logged more hours than any Japanese driver at the Nurburgring – Lexus released a short video in tribute to Hiromu Naruse, the one and only master.

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Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Returns to its Home…

Earlier in the year we saw the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition lapping the Nordschleife by legendary Chief Engineer & Driver Hiromu Naruse, and unfortunately the horrific accident which cost his life.

After an absence of nearly 3 months its good to see Lexus testing a fresh faced prototype on the legendary circuit.

The Lexus LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP, but for the LF-A Nurburgring Track Edition the output will be raised to 570 hp. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 3.7 seconds, and top speed will go up to 210 mph.

This limited production model will only achieve 50 units but you still have the choice of four colours and a choice of three interior colour schemes.

You can differentiate the 2 models by the addition of a fixed spoiler and revised front splitters and a track honed setup specially developed for the ring.

Welcome back Lexus!…..

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