Everybody wants a quick fix these days. A few seconds of entertainment, followed by a few more. But if you can spare about ten minutes today, you should use it to watch Gazoo Racing's Lexus LFA race car circumnavigate the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife in preparation for this year's Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance event.
There are several reasons this video deserves ten minutes of your time. One is that it's always fascinating to travel with a professional race driver, extracting speeds from a car that few mortals could ever achieve. The next is that it's the Nürburgring—and while manufacturer lap time battles are getting a bit tedious these days, the circuit still has a mystique that few other race tracks can match. And the third is that it's a Lexus LFA, V-10 exhaust note screaming like that of a 1990s Formula One car.
The LFA is a regular performer at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, competing every year since 2008. Now that LFA production has ceased, its appearance seems even more special, but Gazoo Racing's 'Code X' LFA does feature a few modifications from standard. One is a capacity increase, from 4.8-liters to 5.3. Sadly, no power figures are quoted—but it's safe to assume there are healthy power and torque gains over the road car's 552 hp and 354 lb-ft numbers. Changing gear—as you'll see in the video—is a paddle-flick away, and the car uses a full carbon fiber monocoque structure, rather than the road car's CFRP frame with aluminum subframes.
Gazoo's LFA will compete in the SP8 class for production-based cars with naturally aspirated engines displacing more than 4.0 liters. This year’s running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours will take place from June 19-22.