2011 lexus lfa spy shots april 006
Lexus LF-A prototype confirmed for Nurburgring 24hr raceEnlarge Photo
A prototype of the racing-spec LF-A was spotted recently at the Nurburgring and as these spy images reveal the car has a number of new features never before seen on previous test-mules. Some of the key changes include the addition of a chunky GT wing, bigger wheels and brakes, a new bodykit with oversized intakes and front-mount canards. Other changes include smaller race-style side mirrors, revised headlamps and a lower ride height. Inside, there’s a full roll-cage and carbon-fiber panels.
Engineers are not aiming to win the race but plan to use it to obtain useful feedback for further development of the production car, which is due towards the end of the decade. Nissan's GT-R has clearly upset the applecart in the Japanese performance car stakes but it's heartening to see that Lexus is so committed to the LF-A program that it's willing to race pre-production mules.
The race event will take place during the weekend falling between the 22nd and 25th of May.