We are hearing that the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package Edition has improved upon the 7:22.85 lap time of the Nürburgring Nordschleife set back in June, recording a 7:14 in the hands of Gazoo Racing driver Akira Iida.
The time which was recorded yesterday afternoon, was set in good weather conditions and on a clear lap.
Iida also set the previous 7:22 lap, but Lexus chose not to promote the achievement which suggested they were expecting the LFA to improve still further. Their target was the 7:19 production car record set by the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 on the latest Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres.
Sounds like Lexus hit the bulls-eye..
Lexus is offering the Nürburgring package to a maximum 50 of the 500 customers that have ordered the LFA and its production will start in 2012. Power is boosted to 566 bhp to compensate for the increased drag of its aerodynamics package, despite this acceleration is maintained at 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds with a 203 mph maximum speed.
In terms of handling modifications, the LFA Nürburgring package includes a sports tuned suspension, a vehicle height reduction of 10mm, exclusive mesh-type wheels and dedicated, high-grip tyres.
Available only in Matte Black, Black, White or Orange, the Nürburgring package-equipped LFA’s exterior is complimented by a choice of three interior colour schemes –Black and Red, Black and Purple, and all Black. All feature a carbon fibre centre console and door trims, whilst the carbon fibre bucket seats are trimmed in Alcantara.
LFA customers specifying the Nürburgring package will be offered individual instruction on the Nordschleife by one of the Nürburgring chief instructors, and will also receive a one year pass for Nordschleife driving.
Expect to see an official video plus further details during the next few days, in the meantime here’s a video from yesterday, although not the actual record lap being set. Enjoy…