RE: Lexus LFA widebody on the 'ring - what's going on

RE: Lexus LFA widebody on the 'ring - what's going on

Thursday 11th October

Lexus LFA widebody on the 'ring - what's going on?

Slick tyres, wide arches and some very odd disguise for an incredible looking LFA - begin your speculation now!



A Nurburgring lap time is pretty much de rigueur for any supercar manufacturer wanting to claim credibility for their latest mid-engined tearaway. What tends to be forgotten, however, before a new time was seemingly posted nearly every single day, is what Lexus achieved back in 2011: an LFA Nurburgring Package, with just the 570hp remember, lapped the Northern Loop in 7:14.64. On Bridgestone Potenzas. Bear in mind that a 670hp Ferrari 488 GTB could only do a 7:21.63 in the hands of sportauto half a decade later, and you can see what an achievement that is.

So to see a Nurburgring Package car back at its spiritual home is extremely intriguing, the natural assumption surely that Lexus must want some additional glory for its iconic supercar. Think how far tyre technology has come since 2011, rubber like the Michelin Cup 2 R delivering near slick levels of grip with road homologation, and it's clear to see how huge chunks of time could be taken from that original lap time.


Then again, perhaps not. Our spy photographer who provided these shots suggested that 'race tyres' were being used, implying this LFA is running on slicks. Which it does seem to be in some images, the wheel and tyre combo looking very similar to that seen on the RC F GT3. Then in others the LFA is half and half, front wheel running a regular Nurburgring Package rim, the rears this race wheel, and appearing to run a Michelin Cup 2 tyre of some description. Curious.

The disguise around the arches would suggest extensions to accommodate wider tyres, again lending further credence to the idea of a lap time attempt. They even have racing driver Yuji Tachikawa behind the wheel, Japanese Super GT champ with - you guessed it - Lexus, in 2001, 2005 and 2013. Why bother getting a professional involved if there's not something serious at hand?


Of course the final theory (for now, at least), is that this car could be a development mule for a future Lexus supercar. It's not like there's another suitable product in the Toyota empire with which to cloak a future halo product, though from here it looks remarkably like the LFA - not the sort of bitsa special the early prototypes tend to be.

Whatever, this is nothing more than conjecture, educated guesses (or otherwise) at what Lexus might be doing with an LFA at the Nurburgring many years after it went out of production. If you know more, or care to make your own predictions, then we're all ears - what the heck is going on?






[Images: S.Baldauf/S.B. Median]

 

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fernando the frog

Original Poster:

30 posts

2 months

Thursday 11th October
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my favourite supercar of all time

bolidemichael

410 posts

135 months

Thursday 11th October
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Perhaps they're just having a bit of fun

RacerMike

2,002 posts

145 months

Thursday 11th October
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I wouldn't get too excited chaps. It's more than likely just doing some tyre testing. A number of other manufacturers do similar things, Mazda for instance using a leggy RX8. My suggestions would be some GT3 slick testing for their GT3 car. You're not allowed to run full race cars in Industry Pool, but a modified roadcar on slicks......not a problem.

rb_89

45 posts

4 months

Thursday 11th October
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I do love the LFA.. something just right about it.

A man can day dream...

3yardy3

114 posts

48 months

Thursday 11th October
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Clarkson claimed for many years that his favourite car was the Ferrari F40 (Also Mine) and he replaced the Ferrari with the Lexus on the Top Gear American road trip... Must be one hell of a car!!
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Jas-2jxyw

3 posts

19 months

Thursday 11th October
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Looks like PSC2 to me...?


Craiglamuffin

336 posts

114 months

Thursday 11th October
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You guys should know... it's covered in Pistonheads stickers. ;-)

JohnGoodridge

507 posts

129 months

Thursday 11th October
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Mule for a V10 version of the new Supra.

Is what I'd love to think it is. Although it certainly won't be.

vz-r_dave

3,303 posts

152 months

Thursday 11th October
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Just look at it, such a wonderful looking car. I'd be surprised though if they were looking at a production spec that isnt Mid engine. Thats the direction everyone else is taking now.

Paddy78

107 posts

80 months

Thursday 11th October
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JohnGoodridge said:
Mule for a V10 version of the new Supra.

Is what I'd love to think it is. Although it certainly won't be.
Ha ha, was just going to post this. Toyota were trolling us with the new "Celica" based on the Z4 and this is in fact the new Supra!

KarlMac

2,893 posts

75 months

Thursday 11th October
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Paddy78 said:
JohnGoodridge said:
Mule for a V10 version of the new Supra.

Is what I'd love to think it is. Although it certainly won't be.
Ha ha, was just going to post this. Toyota were trolling us with the new "Celica" based on the Z4 and this is in fact the new Supra!
It's the hope that gets you!

We can dream lol.

NITO

521 posts

140 months

Thursday 11th October
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Finally! The REAL Supra!!! smilesmile

Redeem yourself Toyota wink

2manycars

1,208 posts

112 months

Thursday 11th October
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i love my LFA, one of the best cars in my collection.



cookie1600

973 posts

95 months

Thursday 11th October
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Could it possibly be a mule testing parts for the the new Gazoo Racing GR Super Sport hypercar?

https://www.evo.co.uk/toyota/20522/toyota-gr-super...

CraigyMc

10,961 posts

170 months

Thursday 11th October
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LF..B?

RED_P47

16 posts

168 months

Thursday 11th October
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2manycars said:
i love my LFA, one of the best cars in my collection.


Honestly that looks beautiful!!

KarlMac

2,893 posts

75 months

Thursday 11th October
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RED_P47 said:
2manycars said:
i love my LFA, one of the best cars in my collection.


Honestly that looks beautiful!!
The Lexus isn't bad either laugh

C7 JFW

928 posts

153 months

Thursday 11th October
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If there is any chance at all that Lexus are going to produce more of these cars, that's got to be a great thing.

It is, without doubt, THE supercar for me - just got to keep working.

Swampy1982

1,315 posts

45 months

Thursday 11th October
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2manycars said:
i love my LFA, one of the best cars in my collection.


Good to see you back in the forum... hope all is well with you and that your relentless car buying hasn't slowed down.

Edit - just seen there's a new thread, now I'm off to read all 14 pages!

Edited by Swampy1982 on Thursday 11th October 18:28

samoht

772 posts

80 months

Thursday 11th October
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RacerMike said:
I wouldn't get too excited chaps. It's more than likely just doing some tyre testing.
Yeah, somehow I feel this article is 5% actual possible news, and 95% 'the LFA is awesome, any excuse to talk about it' - which I entirely agree with smile