Lexus aims to prove just how impressive its new LFA supercar is by competing in what is arguably the world’s most prestigious sports car series, the FIA GT1 Championship. The carbon-chassis 552-hp V10 exotic will reportedly take on rivals such as the Lamborghini Murciélago, Ford GT, Aston Martin DB9, Maserati MC12 and domestic rival Nissan with its race-spec GT-R.
The LFA has already competed at three Nürburgring 24 hour races, placing first in its class this past year after two DNFs the years before.
Racing against the GT-R will be a big step for the LFA, as Toyota’s past failures at the Nürburgring and the fact that the company never released data on just how fast the car could lap the famed circuit raised doubts that this was the supercar it was destined to be.
In addition, Lexus intends to also compete with the LFA in the Super GT series in Japan and if all goes well for Lexus in the FIA GT1 series, expect to see the car make an appearance at next years 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Putting the focus on the LFA will be a primary concern for Toyota’s motorsports department, indicating that Toyota has now abandoned any plans to enter the World Rally Championship.
GALLERY: Lexus LFA Race Car
[Source: Motor Trend]