Lexus LFA GTE: The Racing Car that Never Raced

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You’re looking at a car that Lexus spent millions developing for racing but one that hasn’t turned in a wheel in anger. The Lexus LFA GTE was ready for the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season but never made it to the track because parent company Toyota didn’t want to dilute the group’s efforts when they were preparing to return to Le Mans.

The LFA GTE was put through its paces at Valencia in May 2011 and spent a lot of time being developed in windtunnels but, although there were plans to run it in Germany in the VLN series where customer teams could compete in it at the Nurgburgring 24 Hours, it has never been raced. Lexus has developed various set ups for the car, including one for the sprint races found in the FIA GT Championship, so perhaps there will be a future for the machine.

If it ever makes it to the track it will be able to compete at the front. Power comes from a 475bhp V-10 engine that develops 413lb-ft of torque. It’s attached to a six-speed transmission that helps get the power to the wheels to propel the machine to a 186mph top speed.

We’re not sure if the release of these images means that the project is being revived or not, but some of the development work carried out on the car has helped the Japanese luxury car maker to class honours at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with customer team Gazoo Racing.



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