Lexus will campaign two LF-A sports car prototypes at the Nürburgring 24-hour race in May, adding to speculation that a production road version is still on the cards.
Given the current economic climate, a Tokyo show appearance wouldn’t necessarily mean Toyota’s board has finally signed-off the LF-A for production, but the 2009 Nürburgring campaign looks like another positive step.
Toyota’s own press release takes a cautious note, saying the race merely forms part of an on-going R&D process and that the LF-A is being developed ‘with an eye on commercialisation’.
Two LF-As will compete in the May 23/24 event. The cars are powered by a 4.8-litre V10 producing around 500bhp, and modifications from road-going prototype models include safety equipment such as roll cage and racing fuel tanks, as well as carbon fibre body panels and aero parts.