Lexus and Gazoo Racing are preparing LFA for the gruelling 24h race at the Nurburgring. They will have the unique opportunity to not only foster the peerless quality, durability and reliability by pushing cutting-edge technology to the extremes of mechanical endurance but also to hone the technical skills of the personnel involved in the development of future Lexus and Toyota production vehicles.

With the participation in the 24 Hours Endurance Race Lexus and Toyota aim to showcase their dedication through Gazoo Racing to produce more race cars and become more attractive and desirable to a wider range of customers.

The team will compete in the SP8 class ( "Near production" ), the race version of Lexus LFA is not much different from the road, particularly with regard to construction, engine and transmission. Additionally, safety equipment has been installed and other modifications like refined aero package including fixed rear wing and a larger fuel tank are made to reflect the format of the 24h race and the Nurburgring circuit.

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Toyota Motor Corporation's master driver – Hiromu Naruse is in leading of Gazoo Racing team, which will make its fourth appearance at the Nurburgring 24h race. The team is comprised of engineers and technicians from TMC.

Four Japanese and three German pilots form the driver line-up.

Gazoo racing entered the first three VLN races of 2010 to prepare the cars and the drivers for the main event. Consistently finishing in leading positions in its SP8 class, the LFA has also demonstrated its competitiveness against track-prepared specialist racing cars, with a best finish of 17th overall in VLN2.

Gazoo Racing team for 38th 24 Hours Nürburgring

Team Name Gazoo Racing
Vehicles Lexus LFA (2 units) (No. # 50 & # 51)
Team Manager Hiromu Naruse (Toyota master test driver)
Mechanics & Engineers TMC personnel
Cars LFA race car – Number 50

- driven by Kinoshita, Iida, Ohshima, Wakisaka

LFA race car – Number 51

- driven by Hahne, Krumbach, Lotterer


Gazoo Racing drivers for 38th 24 Hours Nürburgring

Name (Nationality) Results
Armin Hahne

(Germany)

- Winner of the 1982 and 1983 Total 24 Hours of Spa race

- Winner of Nürburgring 24 Hours 1991

Jochen Krumbach (Germany) - Second in overall 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring in 2008
Andre Lotterer

(Germany)

- Champion of Formula BMW ADAC 1999

- German F3 2000, 1 win / Rookie of the year

- Champion of 2006 and 2009 Super GT GT500-class with Lexus SC430, together with his team mate, Juichi Wakisaka

Takayuki Kinoshita

(Japan)

- repeated participation in the 24 Hours Nürburgring races marking the highest (5th overall) place

- Sixfold series champion of Super Taikyu Endurance Series

Akira Iida

(Japan)

- Champion of 2002 JGTC GT500-class race

- Overall winner of the 1995 and 2007 Tokachi 24 Hours Race

- Participation in Le Mans 24Hours (1994/1996/2000)

Juichi Wakisaka

(Japan)

- Champion of the 1996 Japanese F3 Championship

- Jordan MUGEN F1 Team Test Driver in 1998

- Champion of the 2002 JGTC* race (* former name of SUPER GT)

- Champion of 2006 and 2009 SUPER GT GT500-class with Lexus SC430

Kazuya Ohshima

(Japan)

- Champion of the 2007 Japanese F3 Championship

- Champion of 2007 Super GT GT300-class races

- F3 Euro Series 2008, 1 win

- Driver of Toyota Young Drivers Program (TDP)


Specifications of Lexus LFA for 38th 24 Hours Nürburgring

Vehicle Lexus LFA (racing specs)
Entry category/class Division 2 / SP8
Engine Type V10
Displacement 4,805cc
Maximum output Over 367kW (500PS)
Body Total length 4,455mm
Total width 1,950mm
Total height 1,200mm
Wheelbase 2,605mm
Material Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)
Vehicle layout Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle, rear radiator

Transmission Paddle-shift sequential manual transmission
Tyres Front / Rear size 330/40R18
Type Bridgestone racing tyres





Results for Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA in 2010 VLN races

VLN Car Number Drivers Qualifying Finish Fastest Lap
Date Round SP8 Overall SP8 Overall Time Avg. km/h
27-Mar 1 127 Iida Wakisaka Ohshima 1 52 1 28 8'44"074 167.397
10-Apr 2 128 Hahne Ohshima Krumbach 1 24 1 17 8'38"593 169.166
10-Apr 2 127 Kinoshita Wakisaka 2 47 5 105 8'44"067 167.399
24-Apr 3 128 Naruse Kinoshita 1 25 2 28 8'38"841 169.085