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Old 06-25-12, 03:54 PM   #16
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Did somebody say boost? Where's the vid. That will be the tell tale sign of what's powering this thing.
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The aero enhancements look really interesting. Bigger winglets, vortex generators, front splitter, side splitter, door treatment (top edge), side skirting, HUGE diffuser....

Colour me intrigued.
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The aero enhancements look really interesting. Bigger winglets, vortex generators, front splitter, side splitter, door treatment (top edge), side skirting, HUGE diffuser....

Colour me intrigued.
What is a vortex generator???

p.s. Mark my words down, it is N/A.
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very interesting color...they should put a silver bow on the roof to finish it up...
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I think it's clever how they make the front bumper side marker/turn signals into a side splitter for form and function.
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I think it's clever how they make the front bumper side marker/turn signals into a side splitter for form and function.
actually i think it's like regulation. that's how lfa in europe has always looked like. but here in the US i think it's more flat
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actually i think it's like regulation. that's how lfa in europe has always looked like. but here in the US i think it's more flat
Oh ok, didn't know that. Thanks for the clarification.
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Vortex generator alter airflow
The previous Mitsubishi Evos offered them on the back edge of the roof
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Vortex generator alter airflow
The previous Mitsubishi Evos offered them on the back edge of the roof
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A very interesting LFA.
With the exhaust pipes crowding out the radiators, I have to guess this car requires less cooling than the 'normal' LFA. Maybe some sort of hybrid LFA?
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My guess is this is the test bed for the LF-LC engine, but there are also a lot of new aero pieces to. Maybe they are testing the aftermarket parts like they just released for the ISF CCS-P. Just a guess, it very well could be another special edition. I just think it might be hard to get the green light for 2 special editions of a car they were losing money on.
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My guess is this is the test bed for the LF-LC engine, but there are also a lot of new aero pieces to. Maybe they are testing the aftermarket parts like they just released for the ISF CCS-P. Just a guess, it very well could be another special edition. I just think it might be hard to get the green light for 2 special editions of a car they were losing money on.
No definitely not an LF-LC. The dash cowel looks identical to that of the LFA and the seats/steering wheel are placed exactly just aft of the rear axle, which is where the LFA seats are. That makes it impossible for it to be an LF-LC because the LF-LC will have rear seats.

When Lexus say they are losing money on LFA, that includes all of the cost of the purpose-built factory, all of the special R&D to build all of the components for the LFA including the engine.

Now, with all of that done, technically Lexus can actually make money and profit by re-using most of the components and tweaking them to develop a better and improved LFA 2.

They also need a production LFA next year to compete in the Nurburgring racing otherwise, they have nothing to go head to head with the best cars there.
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They never did go head to head with the best cars there. They have always used a production based LFA. The 'best there' are the GT3's. I doubt Lexus will make a GT3 LFA. The street car already approaches those cars in terms of price. A racing version of the LFA would be great, but I doubt it's going to be running VLN races
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The first picture in this video shows Lexus factory test driver driving it. That confirms it is actually a Lexus prototype and not some tuning company developing parts for it.

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Holy smoke, 800 hp LFA. I want that upgrade ASAP.

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The first picture in this video shows Lexus factory test driver driving it. That confirms it is actually a Lexus prototype and not some tuning company developing parts for it.

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