The Lexus LFA, fitted with the Nurburgring Package, improving aerodynamics and handling, has achieved the fastest lap time for a current, regular production car at the German race track from which it takes it name.
Lexus LFA test driver and professional racer Akira Iida achieved a lap time of 7:14.64 in a fully road-legal car, fitted with standard specification Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tyres.
Commenting on the result, Iida said: "We are delighted with this achievement. Our on-going development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race have enabled us to continue to tune the vehicle. The result with the LFA Nurburgring Package shows the car's ultimate performance and agility. This is a first activity of its type for Lexus and the constant effort of the team has brought this fantastic result."
500 Lexus LFAs will be built, 50 of which will be fitted with the Nurburgring Package, customer deliveries start in 2012. The Nurburgring Package includes a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) front spoiler and fixed rear wing, track-tuned suspension and custom wheels. The Lexus LFA's 4.8 litre V10 engine's power increases from 552 to 562bhp with the Nurburgring Package, achieving 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds.
Haruhiko Tanahashi, LFA Chief Engineer, said: "The LFA Nurburgring Package is the culmination of our extensive testing programme and we have appreciated the opportunities to use the Nurburgring Nordschleife to strengthen and develop the LFA into the vehicle it is today. The development team's obsession, Iida-san's concentration and good course conditions all led to our achieving this record."
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