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Old 07-08-18, 04:50 PM
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Default Retro-look at the Gazoo Lexus LFA racing car

Due to air restrictors, it was limited to only 7500 rpm to limit the power at 500 HP. So unfortunate, it does not race anymore (RCF GT3 has taken its place).

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Would have loved to have seen this car less the restrictions and using the full rev limit.

When its going full noise it feels like your getting robbed because it's still got 2000 rpm more of rev limit.

Im pretty sure that car is only scratching the surface of its potential if it was allowed to be fully unleashed.
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Great find. Wish I understood what he is saying
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What I love most about the Gazoo LFA program is that it epitomizes TMC's approach to designing the LFA. Typically/historically in endurance racing, the racecar is designed first and then the road-going, road-legal cars are produced for homologation purposes. In the case of the LFA, the Gazoo LFA racecar was entered in racing events in order to develop the road-going car. It's no wonder the LFA turned out the way it did.

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Would have loved to have seen this car less the restrictions and using the full rev limit.
I wonder if drivers might have short-shifted anyway due to fuel consumption concerns.
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Old 07-20-18, 01:46 AM
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Does anybody know the reason they wanted the LFA to compete only in SP8 class? I always thought it was destined for more but I believe it won in it's class almost every time, short of some accident.
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Originally Posted by gengar View Post
What I love most about the Gazoo LFA program is that it epitomizes TMC's approach to designing the LFA. Typically/historically in endurance racing, the racecar is designed first and then the road-going, road-legal cars are produced for homologation purposes. In the case of the LFA, the Gazoo LFA racecar was entered in racing events in order to develop the road-going car. It's no wonder the LFA turned out the way it did.



I wonder if drivers might have short-shifted anyway due to fuel consumption concerns.
Maybe so during the race I just wanted to see what the ultimate pace of the car would have been is all.

Always wondered about the LFA vs others.I'm pretty sure if it Ring Edition version of the roadcar had those Cup tyres that every other manufacturer used what the ultimate laptime may have been I know that 7.14 on those Bridgestones would have been surpassed for sure.
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Does anybody know the reason they wanted the LFA to compete only in SP8 class? I always thought it was destined for more but I believe it won in it's class almost every time, short of some accident.
Because of what I mentioned above: The primary goal of entering the LFA into endurance racing was developing the production car, not to compete and win races. SP9 (FIA GT3) cars are so heavily modified that they don't much resemble their road going versions (just take the 911 GT3 Cup Car as an example - 500+lbs lighter, completely different transmission, completely different suspension, vastly different bodywork, etc. etc.) and that doesn't help develop the production car.

Additionally, certification for FIA GT3 requires many additional design constraints (everything from power to aero) and 'balance of performance' adjustments to keep the class competitive - far more extensive than SP8, and which I assume Gazoo certainly didn't want to waste time bothering with.

Yes, I think it would have been nice to have seen a full-out LFA GT3 race at some point, but that wasn't the goal of the pre-production LFA participation in VLN.

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Agreed, Good point
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