Toyota’s Lexus LFA and GT86 to take part in 40th ADAC 24 Hours race

Article by Christian A., on May 17, 2012

Toyota's Lexus LFA and GT86 will be having their race pace demonstration in the 40th running of the ADAC 24 Hours race this weekend in the Nürburgring. This German circuit has played a vital role in the development of the company's latest generation of high-performance vehicles. Gazoo Racing will return to the renowned Nordschleife to field the two new race-prepared GT86 in the SP3 class and the LFA in the SP8 class.

The team technicians, drivers and other personnel will include employees of Toyota from Japan. They will take part in the race to sharpen their craftsmanship and skills in order to gain experience needed to feed back directly into creating future automobiles. 

Gazoo Racing has already started its 2012 season with two shorter-distance races at the Nürburgring, wherein the GT86 showed potential and the LFA won twice in its class. Gazoo Racing driver Akira Iida commented that the momentum of their team is "very good." He further explained that their target for the 24 Hours Nürburgring race is to keep a "steady pace" according to the way they have selected to set up the automobiles.

He stated that they have "run at good speed" and are "confident" that they will be "full ready" before the 24-hour event. Also taking part in the event is the Toyota Swiss Racing Team, fielding two GT86 that Toyota Motorsport has prepared for the race. Both vehicles will participate in the competition class (V3) for production models. Their engagement in this race is part of Toyota Switzerland's grassroots motorsport program with GT86 to encourage a new generation of vehicle enthusiasts.

New Lexus LFA signals an important moment in the carmaker’s history and in the development of the supercar. It has a true "clean-sheet" design and it was created by a team of passionate and dedicated engineers aiming to push the limits of technologies, of materials, and of engineering in order to come up with a unique car to carry the Lexus badge.

Lexus LFA was built using advanced carbon fiber technology. This rear-wheel drive Lexus is powered by a 4.8L naturally aspirated V10 engine that delivers a high-revving 552bhp. This V10 engine is matched to a rear-mounted 6-speed sequential automatic transmission that boasts a 200mph-plus performance.

Lexus Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi said that the LFA is one thoroughbred supercar and a machine that is engineered to meet a single goal, which is to provide you with a supreme driving experience. The company, according to Tanahashi, has pushed every boundary to achieve this goal over the past decade. He said he believes that they have produced the most driver-orientated vehicle they possibly could.

Moreover, one of the most defining elements in the LFA’s development was on keeping its weight to a minimum, which led to the company’s decision to switch from aluminium to advanced CFRP or Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic for the construction of the chassis and the main bodywork.

In addition, Lexus decided for the CFRP structure to be built in-house instead of by a third-party supplier. As a result, it drew on the heritage of Toyota Motor Corporation in textile weaving technology, pushing the limits of its technical abilities in order to develop new carbon fiber looms as well as a laser system that monitors the material’s integrity.

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