Earlier this week, Lexus signed off the final LFA at its dedicated Motomachi plant in Toyota City. It ended a production life of just two years, during which time Lexus sold 500 LFA supercars produced at the rate of just one car per day, with 50 of these being the Nürburgring Package version.
Lexus released a video yesterday of the LFA Nürburgring vs Eclipse Jet race, which was run back on October 8th. It was the classic car against plane challenge that’s been run many times before – still, they’re always interesting to watch.
The performance of hyper cars around the Nürburgring, can sometimes be so overwhelming that we lose sight of what’s possible with cars which are considerably more affordable.
Recently, Porsche’s £650,000+ prototype 918 Spyder set a lap time of 7 minutes 14 seconds around the 12.9 mile Nordschleife, and although an awesomely quick time, it was propelled by a 784bhp hybrid powerplant and the optional “Weissach” performance package.
After bringing you news of Lexus’ attempt to break the production car record at the Nürburgring last week, the company have finally produced the on-board video of its driver, Akira Iida, and confirmed the time of 7:14.64.
LFA test driver and professional racer Akira Iida recorded a lap time of 7:14.64 in a fully road-legal LFA Nürburgring Package car, running on standard specification Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres. In conquering the famous German race track from which it takes its name, the LFA becomes the fastest series production car around ‘ring.
It’s showtime (literally) as we visit the Goodwood FoS, Historic Motorsport Show plus a host of trackdays and races.
LFA was waiting impatiently in the wet for The Stig to set a lap time, find out what happens on Jan 3rd.
Turn your speakers up loud and enjoy the muzik, Lexus style!
Some misinformation has emerged on the methods being chosen to sell the new LFA.
Perhaps the headline in this story should be “Jay Leno turns down a drive of the Lexus LFA”..