André Lotterer, who is part of the winning squad at the 2011 Le Mans race, was named in the Gazoo Racing team for the Nürburgring 24 hours that will take place this weekend. Lotterer will be part of a potent driver lineup with driver/team manager Akira Iida. They will be driving the two LFAs in the race.
Lotterer is a German racer who entered the Japanese Super GT 500 competition and became the double series champion for Lexus. This marks the fourth time that the LFA has joined the Nordschleife, a circuit that tests how Lexus’s advanced technology will hold up to mechanical endurance extremes.
The technical team of Gazoo Racing is drawn directly from Lexus’s research and development section. By participating in the event, these engineers and technicians improve their skills – something that may just be used on the new Lexus products.
Gazoo Racing will bring one of its race cars directly from the Nürburgring to the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, from June 30 to July 3. Just last year, a Gazoo Racing LFA won the SP8 class in the race.
It was able to break the record for the fastest lap of slightly over eight minutes 55 seconds and it finished 18th overall. The team made significant progress with the car. It achieved two class wins in the VLN endurance races at the Nürburgring, finishing up in fifth place, and it also got a fastest lap time that’s nearly 26 seconds quicker than the 24-hour race best that it had recorded.
The new Lexus LFA stands on top of its class in terms of aerodynamics, allowing its offer superior handling and stability at high speeds while effectively cooling down its powerful drivetrain. Thanks to extensive wind tunnel testing, the LFA gained a wind-cheating profile with a low coefficient of drag value (0.31 Cd), which is noteworthy considering that the car generates great levels of downforce at high speed.
Lexus has ensured precise control of airflow over, under and around the new LFA. The car generates downforce through a carbon fiber rear diffuser, flat underbody as well as an active rear wing with a gurney flap on the leading edge.
The steering of the new Lexus LFA has been race-tuned to deliver excellent response and feedback, thereby connecting dynamic the driver with the car. The LFA’s constant-rate rack and pinion system employs a column-assist Electric Power Steering System that doesn’t present any negative impact on the engine performance.
Since the large-diameter column shaft is directly mounted on the central chassis structure, the steering layout has become more rigid. Adjustable for reach and rake, the flat-bottomed carbon fiber steering wheel accommodates the engine starter button and instrument information selector switch.