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Lap The Nürburgring In A Race-Prepped Lexus LFA 16
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, LEXUS, Lexus LFA, Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition, Nurburgring, video on 06 16th, 2011

Let’s face it, aside from being seriously over-priced for the market, the Lexus LFA is also fast. Really, really fast, the kind of which that no sane driver would test the limits of on the street (no matter how many lawyers they have on retainer). What better place to flog an LFA than on a racetrack, and what better racetrack than Germany’s famed “Green Hell,” the Nürburgring. Ride along with Hiroaki Ishiura of Gazoo Racing as they compete in a recent VLN event (where they finished fifth overall). If the time of 8:24.4 seems disappointing, remember that this is a race, not a time attack, and that passing competitors on the ‘Ring is difficult under the best of circumstances. The LFA’s best time on the ‘Ring is 7:38, so the car in the video could obviously do quite a bit better on an open track.

Source: YouTube

Lexus To Show LFA Nürburgring Edition In Geneva 11
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Geneva Motor Show, LEXUS, Lexus LF-A, Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition on 02 11th, 2011
2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

Image: Lexus

After announcing the car in May of 2010, Lexus will finally take the wraps off the LFA Nürburgring Edition at next months Geneva Motor Show. A more aggressive, track-centric version of Lexus’ supercar, the Nürburgring Edition brings you even more of a good thing. The 4.8 liter V10 gets ten more horsepower, which raises output to 562 horsepower. Shift times are reduced by 50 milliseconds, the suspension is tightened up even further and an enhanced aerodynamic package (with a less-than-subtle rear wing) is added to improve downforce and high speed stability. Only ten percent of the LFA’s production will be Nürburgring Edition variants, which means that only fifty will be built. Ever.

2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

Image: Lexus

If you can afford the $375,000 price of admission for an LFA, the additional $70,000 needed for the Nürburgring Edition will probably seem like Taschengeld to you, but let’s just ponder that for a second. Spending as much money as a new Z06 Corvette gets you no improvement in 0 to 60 times and perhaps a marginal improvement in lap times. Sure, the aerodynamic package will help at triple digit speeds, but unless you’ve got your own personal road course to practice on, how much time will you really spend driving north of 100 miles per hour? The LFA isn’t my cup of meat, and the Nürburgring Edition is more cup, same meat. If I had that kind of money to play around with, I’d opt for a McLaren MP4-12C, and spend the $216,000 I saved driving as many of the world’s great road courses as I could. Your mileage may vary.

Source: Autoblog