Last bit of Japanese glory before the “stampede” begins.
One of the most techy and arguably one of the most beautiful Japanese cars made in this decade. The LFA stands true to Lexus’ extensive attention to details. This nearly ten year long supercar project was ready back in 2005, but was scrapped and went back to the drawing board to make the car from the original aluminum construction to carbon fiber. 4 additional years of R&D required to learn about the new material and how to manipulate it, they developed a new machine to wove carbon fiber strands to form the A-pillars. The rev-happy 4.8 litre V10 with ingenuity from F1 is as light as a V6 and as compact as a V8 as Lexus chief engineer believe a front mid-mounted engine layout is best for a driver’s car such as the LFA, its soundtrack tuned by Yamaha’s musical instrument division with the intake manifold cover designed to refine and amplify the sound.
Like all car manufacturers, Nurburgring Nordschleife is the go to place to torture test upcoming new models. But few do it for a grueling 24 hours.
To gather more data on LFA’s handling and reliability Lexus entered it in the prototype class of the 24hrs of Nurburgring. They used this event to refine the car and found room for improvements which this bright orange, large-winged Nurburgring package was created to honor that feat.
Money and time was no object. In fact, there was only one rule when it comes to the LFA production: That one car must leave the factory per day. Other than that the workers known as “Takumis” (roughly translates to artisans in Japanese) can take as long as they want to make sure quality is top notch.
We’ve all know about the Concorde supersonic jet that set out to push the envelope of commercial aviation. The LFA was Lexus’ Concorde moment, it was an engineering exercise to show the world that a company known for making SUVs and sedans and hybridized version of those SUVs and sedans of what they can achieve when they try and give the company a new definition. Lexus lost money on every one of the 500 LFAs built and sold, and they didn’t care. The current sportscar offerings from Lexus (RC, LC) can’t hold a candle to the LFA in terms of technology, performance, driving sensation, or looks. Jeremy Clarkson might be on to something. That the LFA was so good that Lexus doesn’t know how to replicate it.
Some have said the Lexus LFA was forgotten. I disagree, I certainly didn’t forget about it and one other here on LaLD will say the same. When you see its aggressive yet reserve looks and hear its howl. You’ll never forget it.
It truly was Pursuit of Perfection.
A car I was nearly jumping up and down in excitement in my living room hearing about its upcoming release in the Premium line. As it was a car I contested Tomica should make as its a re-release. Tomica made the LFA before in a special 5 cars set as part of the old TLV line with 4 in regular trim and the fifth dressed in Nurburgring package. It also came with a plastic replica of the LFA key as part of the set. But the casting was never released again. Instead, they took the special edition Nurburgring version and refined it.
I know some have mixed opinions which one of the Nurburgring edition LFA Tomica made is best. Some might say the one from the set is better for its rubber tires and sealed doors giving it better door lines with the bonus of including door mirrors. I find the new redo better for its headlight inserts instead of tampos with improved proportion and stance. The wheels looks more accurate with better ride height and the aero features like the revised front splitter and front canards are molded into the cast rather than tampoed on as if I drew them with a Sharpie.
Another diecast from my wishlist has been granted.