For Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race in May, Lexus is currently working on two LFA supercars that are set to participate in the races. Lexus aims to be considered as a prime challenger in the standard production car category. It should be noted that development versions of the LFA were previously raced in two outings in the event.
The Gazoo Racing team who prepared the two cars for the race claims that due to the car's advanced, lightweight composite construction and 552bhp mid-mounted V10 engine, it will be able to sprint to 62 mph in only 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of more than 200 mph.
Leading the team is Toyota master test driver Hiromu Naruse. The team members boast to having excellent GT and endurance racing experience. There are four Japanese members in this team.
First, there is Takayuki Kinoshita, a six-time winner of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series, and holds the distinction of having competed more often and having finished higher (fifth overall) at the Nurburgring 24 Hours than any other Japanese driver.
Akira Ida was overall winner of the Tokachi 24 Hours in 1995 and 2007, and both Juichi Wakisaka and Kazuya Oshima have consistent success in Japanese Super GT 500 and GT 300 competition.
There are three German drivers: Armin Hahne, winner of the Spa 24 Hours in 1982 and 1983; Jochen Krumbach, who finished second overall in the 2008 Nurburgring 24 Hours; and Andre Lotterer, Super GT 500 champion in 2006 and 2008.