While a few days ago we found out that Toyota managed to beat the Nordschleife record for an electric car, it is now time to get back to our beloved internal combustion for more Nurburgring record-related news.
This time, we will talk about the Lexus LFA. The supercar has already lapped the Nordschleife in 7:38, but it seems that it is now back wearing its optional Nurburgring package, which has reportedly helped it post a stunning laptime of 7:14.
Just to get an idea of what this means, we'll tell you that this would place it in front of vehicles that are supposed to be much more fierce on the track, such as the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which throws comfort out the window for a time of 7:18.
The information currently has a news status, as it has arrived from Twitter (via lexusenthusiast.com), where EVO editor Chris Harris used his account to post "Akira Iida was the man who did the LFA's 7.14. Great time”
His account then received a retweet from Lexus Europe, which said “7:14 around where? If it's the 'Ring, it's astonishing.< yes Nurburgring.”
In case you were wondering, Akira Iida is a Japanese racing driver who is no stranger to the LFA, as he has manhandled the LFA at this year's Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance event.
On paper, the LFA shouldn't be capable of delivering 'Ring-topping performance, with many voices asking why would you have to pay $375,000 for the standard version or $445,000 for the Nurburgring package, which theoretically only ads 10 extra hp, a new transmission software, as well as aerodynamic tweaks.
Well, so far, the only answers were things like "exclusivity", or "special manufacturing process which can't really be quantified", but if this becomes official, there will be a true answer...