The Nürburgring package-equipped Lexus LFA did not disappoint as it set a new record for the fastest time by a production car on the track where the limited-edition variant got its name.
Wearing standard specification Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires and with LFA test driver professional race car driver Akira Iida behind the wheel, the fully road-legal Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 14.64 seconds.
According to Lexus, the result demonstrated Lexus's success in honing its two-seater supercar for track-focused handling by introducing a range of aerodynamic features and fine-tuning the car's suspension.
"We are delighted with this achievement. Our on-going development of the LFA and our recent outings at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race have enabled us to continue to tune the vehicle," said Iida. "The result with the LFA Nürburgring 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."
The Nürburgring Package will be fitted to 50 of the 500 LFA that are currently being built and will be delivered to customers by 2012. The Nürburgring Package includes a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic front spoiler and fixed rear wing, track-tuned suspension and custom wheels. Compared to the standard LFA, output from the 4.8-litre V10 engine has been increased from 552hp to 562hp, maintaining the car's zero-to-100kph acceleration time of 3.7 seconds.
"The LFA Nürburgring Package is the culmination of our extensive testing programme and we have appreciated the opportunities to use the Nürburgring Nordschleife to strengthen and develop the LFA into the vehicle it is today," said LFA chief engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi. "The development team's obsession, Iida-san's concentration and good course conditions all led to our achieving this record."