Lexus is celebrating a recent hat trick of class victories at the Nürburgring 24 Hours by offering the Nürburgring Package – a setup similar to the LFA units that raced at the event. Since it features a track-focused setup, the Nürburgring Package includes a set of aerodynamic elements and suspension tweaks as well as modifications to its 4.8-liter V10 engine.
The package’s aerodynamic supplements – designed to further increase downforce at high speed – include modifications as well as additions to a number of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components like a larger front spoiler, a canard fin, fin-type side spoilers and a fixed rear wing.
Suspension tweaks, meanwhile, are designed to improve the vehicle’s handling. It also features suspension tuning as well as a ride height lowered by 10 mm. The Nürburgring Package also includes exclusive mesh-type wheels wrapped in high-grip tires. On the other hand, a number of modifications were also fitted with a 4.8-liter V10 engine to allow it to deliver 10 bhp more in max power output to 562bhp, allowing it to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Its six-speed sequential transmission features a shift time of just 0.15 seconds. Customers could choose from four exterior finishes -- matte black, black, white and orange – and from three interior themes -- black and red, black and purple and all-black. Those delivered in Europe are bound to be specified with a carbon fiber center console and door trims as well as carbon fiber sports seats finished in Alcantara.
Customers who ordered the Nürburgring Package will have an opportunity to experience a one-to-one driving instruction from a Nürburgring chief instructor. They will also be given a one-year tuition to drive their LFA on the famous Nordschleife circuit. Lexus commenced production of the LFA in December, finishing one hand-crafted example a day. In total, around 175 craftsmen take part in CFRP parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly and painting.
The use of CFRP on the LFA is just sensible, since it is remarkably strong, rigid and lightweight. Accounting for around 65 percent of the LFA’s body structure weight, CRFP allows this type of body to be around 100kg lighter than an equivalent all-aluminum body. Production and assembly of the CFRP components are all done in-house – a process that consumes more time than working with aluminum or steel.
For now, the LFA project also serves as a test bed for new, automated processes that could be used to produce and assemble Lexus and Toyota models in the future. In fact, the LFA is built using various manufacturing technologies to produce each component, depending on its shape, role and properties: Pre-preg, Carbon Fiber – Sheet Molding Compound (C-SMC) and Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM).
Pre-pregs are industry-standard pre-impregnated composite fibers where epoxy resin is already present. Pre-preg is used for the primary structural elements of the LFA like the dash, side and cross-members and panels. C-SMC, meanwhile, is a ready-to-mold carbon-fiber reinforced polyester material used for fabricating upper body components and frames with complex geometries. RTM, on the other hand, is dry sheet fabrication process which utilizes an epoxy resin injected into the mold.
This process is used to fabricate the secondary main frames of the LFA, like the crash boxes, roof side rails and vehicle floor. While Lexus is building just 500 examples of the LFA, it will only equip 50 of them with the Nürburgring Package. These LFA units equipped with the Nürburgring Package will be built in 2012, the second full year of LFA production.