During its gestation, Lexus fielded several prototypes for its new LFA supercar in the 2008 and 2009 Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance races as part of the development program for the final production version of the car, which is due to go on sale later this year.
For this year’s challenge, which kicks off on May 13, Lexus will return to the legendary circuit with two production LFA models, each of which are valued at more than $375,000.
It will be the first time the production LFA is seen in full-blooded competition, taking on one of the world’s most challenging circuits in a test of speed, handling and durability. In the two previous outings in the event, the LFA prototypes were raced primarily to help hone performance and handling.
Some modifications have been made to the LFA’s body, including the installation of a fixed rear wing and a new chin spoiler, but the mechanical package has been left completely stock. This means power still comes from a 4.8-liter 72-degree V-10 engine that’s rated at 552 horsepower and 354-pound-feet of torque.
Running the cars will be Gazoo Racing, which has organized a team of four Japanese and three German drivers.