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Ghosty
05-26-2008, 08:44 AM
Before there was a word of a potential Celica revival, there was the Lexus LF-A concept car. That was sort of a beacon of hope for Toyota motor sport enthusiasts, who saw little in international action beside F1. There was the Toyota Atlantic series and the grassroots Japanese Grand Touring Championship/ Super GT.

The LF-A concept seemed pretty far out. The world's first hybrid supercar? (http://www.autoblog.com/2007/11/13/what-else-is-new-lexus-struggling-to-develop-lf-a-supercar/) Two flavors: A gas-electric V8, or a balls-out 500hp V10. Freaky styling. But it seemed to linger for years as just another pipe dream that would never be produced.

Fast forward to April 2008. All the sudden a competition-ready LF-A is seen doing laps around the Nurburgring. (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/04/16/spy-shots-lexus-readying-race-prepped-lf-a/) Then an announcement that the LF-A will actually race the Nurburgring 24-hours.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v299/mschroy/Celicatech/lf-a-front-3-4.jpg

Shows up in Flat Black, gets some nice lap times. Does 23 laps, or about one hour of racing. Then the transmission 'splodes.

So ok, not the best outing ever. But I think its interesting that Toyota is considering some other international events outside their massive F1 project. Sure, it's the Lexus marque. But I wonder if Toyota is just planning to warm up to the motorsport scene with the Lexus name, then slowly work in the new Celica, and eventually the Supra.

KoreanJoey
05-26-2008, 08:49 AM
Hey the Lexus brand competes in the Rolex series using a Riley chassis last time I saw.

And they also run a Lexus SC430 (Previously the Supra, same chassis/drivetrain/suspension, new body) in JGTC. Kind of funny considering they don't sell the Lexus name in Japan.

KoreanJoey
05-26-2008, 08:55 AM
Lexus Powered Riley Daytona Prototype Class (Rolex Series)
http://images.automotive.com/cob/factory_automotive/images/Features/auto_shows/2004_CIAS/_Lexus_Rolex%20Series%20Daytona%20Prototype__front .jpg
Lexus SC430 in GT500 (JGTC/Super GT)
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m271/Gamesta666/sc430JgtC.jpg

AND!!!

They're going to up a Lexus IS350 in GT2 class for ALMS!!!!!!!!
http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules/ew_filemanager/06images/alms/pr/Lexus%20IS%20350%20GT2%20image.jpg

Ghosty
05-26-2008, 08:56 AM
Hey the Lexus brand competes in the Rolex series using a Riley chassis last time I saw.

And they also run a Lexus SC430 (Previously the Supra, same chassis/drivetrain/suspension, new body) in JGTC. Kind of funny considering they don't sell the Lexus name in Japan.

D'oh! Yeah I forgot the Rolex 24 hours. Those are some pretty competitive cars, too.

And I think this is more notable than the Super GT, because that series isn't international -- a non-international racing series, while competitive, I don't think proves that a manufacturer is really that well invested into motorsports (and therfore performance automobiles). Then again, I'm not sure if the R35 Skyline is racing LeMans or in the FIA GT championship.

But now I see this resurgence in Toyota. And I think it's because, fundamentally, they are looking to getting back into the game of sporty and performance cars.

Lonestag
05-26-2008, 09:05 PM
That flat black beast is sexy, can i have one?

Ghosty
05-26-2008, 10:15 PM
That flat black beast is sexy, can i have one?


Absolutely!

Do you have $225,000 (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=126380)?

For reference, you can have an F430 for about $10 grand less.

solarinsocal
06-17-2008, 08:32 PM
BTW, they do sell Lexus in Japan now. I have no idea why, but they do. :smokin:

ciento44
06-17-2008, 08:41 PM
^Dude, your wagon is baaaaaad. :)