'LF-A' Prototype to Again Enter 24-hour Nürburgring Race
Lexus announces plans to again enter its "LF-A" premium two-seater sports car in the 24 Hours Nürburgring1 endurance race in Nürburg, Germany, from May 21 to 24, 2009.
Based on a prototype of the LF-A being developed with an eye toward commercial release, the race vehicle, entering the Nürburg event for the second year in a row, has been equipped with race-grade safety equipment, such as a roll cage and special fuel tank, and fitted with a spoiler and other aerodynamic features. Although engine, powertrain and frame specifications differ little from those of the base vehicle, the race vehicle has been retuned to better meet the demands of the course.
Engineers intend to use feedback from the grueling race to further enhance the LF-A's performance. Also, mainly by employing young mechanics for technical support, TMC intends to use the race as an opportunity to develop human resources.
Specifications of Lexus LF-A Competing in 24 Hours Nürburgring Race
||Lexus LF-A (racing specs)
||Division 2 SP8 (engine close-to-production)
||More than 367kW (500PS)
||Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)
||Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle, rear radiator
||Paddle-shift sequential, manual
Outline of 24 Hours Nürburgring Race
||37th 24 Hours Nürburgring1
||May 21-24, 2009 (main competition runs from May 23-24)
||Nürburgring (Nürburg, Ahrweiler, State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
1Official name of this year's race is 37th ADAC Zurich 24h-Race 2009