Lexus is once again back at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife proving grounds, this time with the LFA Nürburgring Edition. As the name suggests, the Nürburgring Edition is designed to smash the competition’s lap times at the track.
Test driver Akira Lida managed to post a lap time of 7:14, good enough for the fourth all-time fastest lap on the German track in a production vehicle. In fact, this is the fastest lap ever by a mainstream manufacturer.
Lexus twitted on their twitter account:
Mr. Iida- San has set this record on the full Nordschleife during a customer meeting with LF-A buyers held on wednesday 01.09. and thursday 02.09.2011.
The news was brought to Mr. Tanahashi – San ( chief engineer LF-A project ) during the wednesday evening diner and he was delighted but said they had to wait till the record time was approved officially.
The video with driver Iida-San is indeed part of the circuit as every LF-A customer was able to join one of the drivers for a quick lap on the track. Therefore it was during this time not possible to do a full lap as the cars had to go thru the pit. My best guess is that about 250 meters track was closed to organize this pit lane stop action.
During the record setting the full track was open.
Well let’s check out the lap in the video below. Note that however, this is not the record setting lap and the LFA was carrying a passenger in this lap, but the sound of that 5.0 liter V10 pounding around the Nürburgring is just astonishing!