Lexus LFA to return to Nurburgring 24 Hours endurance race

Lexus announced today that it will be heading back to the Nurburgring this spring to compete in the 24 Hours endurance race in May. Lexus says it will enter the race for the first time in the production LFA, which has been race-prepared by Gazoo racing.

We’re not sure if you remember but the LFA had a pretty disappointing run each time it’s been to the 24 Hours endurance race at the Nurburgring. In 2008, one prototype crashed and finished 120th while in 2009 one prototype caught fire and the other finished 87th.

This year there will be two 552-hp mid-mounted V10 LFAs piloted by Takayuki Kinoshita and German team member Armin Hahne.

Hit the jump for the high-res image gallery and the press release.

2010 Lexus LFA Race Car:

Press Release:

LEXUS LFA TO TAKE ON THE “˜RING

– Two production Lexus LFA supercars to compete in Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race in May
– Race-prepared machines entered by Gazoo racing
– Lexus also to defend championship titles with SC 430 and IS 350 in Japanese Super GT series

Lexus is heading back to the legendary Nürburgring this spring to challenge for glory in the 24 Hours endurance race with its LFA supercar.

It will be the first time the production LFA is seen in full-blooded competition, taking on one of the world’s most challenging circuits in a marathon test of speed, handling and durability. In two previous outings in the event, development versions of the LFA were raced primarily to help hone performance and handling. This time the LFA will line up as a prime challenger in standard production car guise.

It’s a formidable proposition: with its advanced, lightweight composite construction and 552bhp mid-mounted V10 engine, it will reach 62mph in just 3.7 seconds and race on to a top speed beyond 200mph.

Gazoo Racing will prepare and field the two LFA in the event, which takes place from 13 to 16 May. Led by Toyota master test driver Hiromu Naruse, the team will include four Japanese and three German drivers who between them boast outstanding GT and endurance racing experience.

Takayuki Kinoshita is a six-time winner of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and has competed more often and finished higher (fifth overall) at the Nürburgring 24 Hours than any other Japanese driver. Akira Ida was overall winner of the Tokachi 24 Hours in 1995 and 2007, and both Juichi Wakisaka and Kazuya Oshima have recorded consistent success in Japanese Super GT 500 and GT 300 competition.

The German team members are Armin Hahne, winner of the Spa 24 Hours in 1982 and 1983; Jochen Krumbach, who finished second overall in the 2008 Nürburgring 24 Hours; and Andre Lotterer, Super GT 500 champion in 2006 and 2008.

– By: Kap Shah