LEXUS LF-A POSTS BLISTERING UNOFFICIAL 'RING TIME
Good times for Toyota, as LF-A blitzes Nurburgring competition, and electric car sets its own 'Ring record
According to a Tweet last week by EVO's Chris Harris, the Lexus LF-A Nurburgring, driven by Gazoo Racing driver Akira Iida punched in a lap of 7mins 14secs, comfortably beating his own time of 7mins 22.85secs, posted during an 'exhibition lap' at the Nurburgring 24 hours in June.
Well, we say records are tumbling - there are still three 'production cars' which are faster around the Nordschleife, but since these are two Radicals and a Gumpert Apollo, they can hardly count as everyday road cars. More to the point, this puts the LF-A Nurburgring ahead of the Porsche 997 GT2 RS and the Corvette ZR1 (not to mention the Nissan GT-R).
Official records for ToMoCo too...
Toyota has nabbed a pukka Nordschleife record recently, however. They've become kings of the EV 'Ring, posting an impressive time of 7mins 47.794secs in the TMG EV P001 prototype, a Radical-based chassis modified by German electric sports car specialists e-WOLF.
The 800lb ft, 160mph car puts the Peugeot EX1's time of 9mins 01.338secs firmly into second place. You can see the video below...