Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package is the king of Nordschleife with 7m14s

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2011

A video has been released of the 7:14.64 run of the Lexus LFA, equipped with the Nurburgring Package, at the Nordschleife. Akira Iida handled this car, which featured the Nurburgring Package’s standard Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires. It has achieved numerous wins, one of which is its practicality for tasks like shopping. It outperforms rivals like the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7:18), Corvette ZR-1 (7:19.63) and the Nissan GT-R (7:24).

There may be some people who still don’t understand just how amazing the LFA is. The bottom line is that it’s a highly exclusive vehicle that is actually an engineering masterpiece with a complicated manufacturing process.

Commenting on the result, Iida said: “We are delighted with this achievement. Our on-going development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race have enabled us to continue to tune the vehicle. The result with the LFA Nürburgring Package shows the car’s ultimate performance and agility. This is a first activity of its type for Lexus and the constant effort of the team has brought this fantastic result.”

The 2-seater Lexus LFA sports car went through a performance check in Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany on the 31st of August in 2011. The said test on Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package is conducted in line with its upcoming production in 2012.

The performance check package is designed to promote superior performance on the racetrack and also includes modifications for the unit based on the LFA standards.

On the other hand, the LFA Nürburgring Package is counted among the 500-production lineup of the LFA. It offers a CFRP front spoiler with fixed air wings, LFA custom wheels and LFA racing suspensions.

Unlike LFA’s standard output of 560PS (412kW), the Nürburgring Package has a reported output increase to 571PS (420kW). Akira Iida, LFA’s test driver (who also happens to be a professional racecar driver) tests the LFA Package along the North Loop, which is located somewhere in Nordschliefe. Using LFA approved Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres, the extensive performance test came up with a record-breaking 7:14.64 lap time.

As Nürburgring’s Automotive COO Dr. Schmidt specified in a statement how it is usually very special for them if the car is developed under the requirements of the Nürburgring- Nordschleife. It only means that the company has an important place in the automotive world. By all means, the Lexus’ LFA Nürburgring Package met the highly challenging standards of Nordschleife. The excellent lap time only shows how a supercar like Lexus has once again met the challenges of the racetrack.

Every year since the spring and summer in 2004, the LFA Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi recalled how they have been conducting LFA’s test procedures at the Nordschleife. He also said that this type of evaluation program is also what they refer to as the LFA Nürburgring Package.

Tanahashi reiterated that everyone’s happy with the opportunities it has brought to them particularly to Nürburgring and also with the way the vehicles are developed in the LFA. Nonetheless, it’s the team’s passion and Iida’s devotion to his craft that brought them to where they are now.

On final note, Akira Iida once again expressed his thoughts on the result of the test saying how they all appreciate this achievement. As a matter of fact, the 24-hour races and on-going tests on the LFA have helped them adjust the car perfectly for an outstanding performance. This is the first time for Lexus to participate in such an activity and the amazing result is indeed a product of their teamwork.

Press Release

Lexus LFA achieves a 7minute 14.64 seconds lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife

Lexus LFA Nürburgring package achieves a class leading Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7:14.64, driven by LFA race and test driver Akira Iida.
50 from a total LFA production run of 500 will feature the track-focused Nürburgring package
The LFA Nürburgring package features enhanced aerodynamic performance, tuned suspension and a maximum power of 420 kW/571 DIN hp

On August 31st 2011, Lexus undertook a performance check with the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package, a two-seater supercar, at the Nürburgring (Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany).

Scheduled for production in 2012, the LFA Nürburgring Package has been optimized to deliver higher performance on the track, with a number of modifications made to the standard LFA. The LFA Nürburgring package is included in the limited 500 production run of the LFA.

The Nürburgring package includes a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) front spoiler and fixed rear wing to enhance aerodynamic performance. The LFA Nürburgring Package also comes with track tuned suspension and custom wheels to improve maneuverability and stability.

Compared to the standard LFA’s output of 412 kW (560 PS), the output of the LFA Nürburgring package has been raised to 420 kW (571 PS). On the Nürburgring Nordschliefe (North Loop), where the LFA was extensively developed, professional race driver and LFA test driver, Akira Iida recorded a lap time of just 7:14.64. The tires used during the performance evaluation were Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires which are the standard road legal specification for this LFA.

Dr. Schmidt , the COO of the Nürburgring Automotive GmbH stated “For us, it is always very special when a car is developed to meet the needs of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. It shows us that the Nordschleife still is of particular importance for the automotive industry and that it still radiates a tremendous fascination. Lexus met the challenge Nordschleife by developing the Lexus LFA Nürburgring package. The lap time driven demonstrates impressively that Lexus have done an excellent job in matching the challenges of the track with the needs of an exclusive sports car. This is an outstanding result for Lexus and a reassurance of the excellent work done. We are very delighted by this”.

Haruhiko Tanahashi, LFA Chief Engineer stated “Since 2004 in the spring and summer of every year we have conducted development tests for the LFA at Nürburgring Nordschleife. The LFA Nürburgring package is the compilation of our extensive testing programme and we have appreciated the opportunities to utilise the Nürburgring Nordschleife to strengthen and develop the LFA into the vehicle it is today. The development team’s obsession, Iida-san’s concentration and good course conditions all led to achieving this record”.

Commenting on the result Iida-san said “We are delighted with this achievement. Our ongoing development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nürburgring 24h race have enabled us to continued to tune the vehicle. The result with the LFA Nürburgring package shows the cars ultimate performance and agility. This is a first activity of its type for Lexus and the constant effort of the team has brought this fantastic result”.

The Lexus LFA supercar was first shown at the 41st Tokyo motorshow. The development took place over a period of ten years and was an indispensable step for Lexus, and its future models. The first model of the new generation Lexus, the new GS shows the new direction for the brand in terms of bold, dynamic styling, precise handling and innovative technology. The full hybrid GS 450h will be shown for the first time at Frankfurt motorshow on the 13th September.

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