Lexus and Gazoo Racing at Nurburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race
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.
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
|- 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|
|- 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
|- repeated participation in the 24 Hours Nürburgring races marking the highest (5th overall) place
- Sixfold series champion of Super Taikyu Endurance Series
|- 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)
|- 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
|- 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|
|Maximum output||Over 367kW (500PS)|
|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|
|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|