Test driving the Lexus LFA Nurburgring 24-hour race car at Fuji Speedway

Downtuned, maybe, but still damn quick

The car we drove was a detuned version of the LFA race car which won its class in the 2010 Nurburgring 24-hour race. One engineer estimated power at around 480hp, down from the race-spec 560hp, an adjustment to “preserve the engine.” Oh, and yeah, Toyota engineers also lowered the ballistically high 9000 rpm “racing” redline to 7500rpm for our drive session, meaning that we only had access to around 85% of the car’s full potential.  But that’s okay. As you will see, the gear shifts generated enough torque to punch my neck backwards significantly. Gotta work on those neck muscles…

Top Speed at Fuji Speedway:  270 km/h

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