Lexus 'LFA' & Toyota '86' to Compete in 2014 Nürburgring Endurance Race

LFA-based Research Vehicle Added to Study Future Sports Car Technologies
Toyota City, Japan (January 22, 2014 Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that its GAZOO Racing team will enter three vehicles in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race to be held in Germany from June 19 through June 22: race versions of the Lexus “LFA” and Toyota “86”, and a new enhanced sports car research vehicle based on the LFA, the “GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X”.

The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X has been created to enable study of future sports car technologies. Compared to the LFA's base 4.8-liter V10 engine, the research vehicle’s engine displacement has been increased to 5.3 liters and system output and torque has been fine-tuned to better suit the Nürburgring course. Other enhancements include a full carbon frame body to enhance body-rigidity while reducing vehicle weight.

The GAZOO Racing team has been competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race since 2007. By providing its own engineers and technicians for race team support, Toyota aims for the race to serve as an opportunity to cultivate "automotive seasoning" personnel able to develop ever-better vehicles for the market.
From left: GAZOO Racing Toyota 86, GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA, GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X
Team name
Drivers (planned)
Engineers and technicians
GAZOO Racing
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA
Takayuki Kinoshita , Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima
TMC personnel
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X
Akira Iida, Juichi Wakisaka, Takuto Iguchi
GAZOO Racing Toyota 86
Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, 
Naoya Gamou
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