First Lexus LFA with Nürburgring Package delivered to its customer in Europe

Article by Anita Panait, on April 13, 2012

The first of the 50 Lexus LFA supercars upgraded with the Nürburgring Package will be delivered to a British customer.  The LFA on Nürburgring Package sports an exterior orange finish, match with a black interior. Touted to be one of the most exclusive cars with only 50 examples to be sold, the LFA has a performance level that makes it ideal for the tracks.

The Nürburgring Package added more punch to the LFA, improving the supercar’s speed and handling. Nürburgring Package includes a front spoiler made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), a lightweight yet strong composite material, and special mesh-type wheels covered with high-grip tyres for improved stability and maneuverability.

With the package, the LFA’s 4.8-litre V10 engine could now provide 562 bhp (420 kW) from the standard 552 bhp (411 kW). With this, the LFA with Nürburgring Package could accelerate from zero to 62mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 202 mph.

With the Nürburgring Package, the LFA now has increased downforce with the same speed. To know more about what the LFA could achieve, better check the supercar’s performance check done by professional driver Akira Iida on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife.

In a statement, LFA development programme chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi revealed that the important defining element of the LFA was that the overall weight needed to be minimized. This resulted in the decision to shift from an aluminum construction to that of an advanced carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, CFRP, not only for the bodywork but even for the chassis.

Making this change even more difficult is the fact that Chief Tanahashi wanted the CFRP to be developed in-house rather than make use of a third-party supplier. In addition, the braking assessment of the LFA continued to follow the principle of confronting not just new and innovative materials but also the production methods. That is, it was done by honoring the past and looking forward to the future.

In addition, this decision also meant that the development of the LFA would push the limits the technical boundaries. This is because instead of using the traditional weaving looms that Toyota Motor Corporation is known for, the engineering team instead utilized the more superior three-dimensional carbon fiber looms.

Aside from getting the technological benefits offered by this particular advancement, making use of lightweight CFRP material compared to heavier metals meant that the impact of the LFA to the environment was lowered as well.

Toyota has had a long history of having what may be the most advanced textile weaving company in the world. This is what Tanahashi and his team made use of when they developed the CFRP structure of the LFA. Ever since the company started the innovative development of this automatic weaving machine, it has helped the Japanese economy significantly by creating high-quality fabric at a lower cost.

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