Lexus en­ters en­duro

Lexus will en­ter two LF-A pro­to­types in the Nring 24-hour en­durance race this month.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE en­try of the two-seater sports car, which is pow­ered by a 5.0-litre, V10 pro­duc­ing more than 367kW, forms part of an on-go­ing R&D process.

As in 2008, Lexus en­gi­neers will use the gru­elling race at the in­fa­mous Ger­man track to gather tech­ni­cal data that will be ap­plied to fu­ture mass-pro­duc­tion of ve­hi­cles.

The com­pany will also use the event on May 23-24 as an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop hu­man re­sources by giv­ing young me­chan­ics the chance to work as sup­port staff.

The cars are pro­to­types of the LF-A, which is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped with an eye on com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions for the race in­clude safety equip­ment (roll cage, fuel tank, etc.), as well as a spoiler and other aero­dy­namic fea­tures. The de­vel­op­ment team has im­proved the LF-A’s per­for­mance with fine-tuning based on ex­pe­ri­ence gained in last year’s, race while spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the en­gine, pow­er­train, and body struc­ture re­main largely un­changed.

Lexus has a strong track record in en­durance racing in the US and Ja­pan.

Past suc­cesses in­clude pow­er­ing the win­ners of the leg­endary Day­tona 24 Hours in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and winning the Gran­dAm cham­pi­onship (Grand Amer­i­can Rolex Se­ries) with a record num­ber of wins; and claim­ing the Su­per GT ti­tle in 2006 with the Lexus SC 430.

Tight fit: The $270,000 Panam­era S was turned on its end to get it up to the 94th floor of the Shang­hai World Fi­nance Cen­tre, fit­ting in the freight el­e­va­tor with just mil­lime­tres to spare.

En­duro test: The two-seater LF-A pro­to­types are pow­ered by a 5.0-litre, V10 en­gine pro­duc­ing more than 367kW.

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