NM2255 recently had the rare opportunity to film the first production-ready Lexus LFA ever produced speeding around a runway during the Sportscars St. Mortiz 2013 event.
The following video includes angles from two GoPro Hero 3 HD cameras strapped to the rear of the car which help to capture the screaming V10 soundtrack perfectly!
For those who had only a glance at the specification sheet will be amazed about its potential. The engine is a race-derived 72-degree V10, displacing 4.8 liters and producing a peak power of 552hp at 8,800rpm. The maximum is a thrilling 9,000rpm. Peak torque is 354lb-ft at 6,800rpm with 90 percent available between 3700 and 9000 revs. Pushing the throttle and revving from idle to peak is done in just 0.6 seconds.
To ensure proper weight distribution the engine is placed at the front, but as low and rearward as possible. Same goes for the oil and water pumps. On the other end of the car you will find a rear-mounted six-speed manual transaxle gearbox controlled via steering-wheel paddles and linked to a Torsen limited-slip differential. The shift paddles are symmetrical and calibrated such that downshifts require more effort than upshifts. All of this results in a 48/52 front-to-rear weight distribution and a center of gravity that sits just behind the steering wheel. You are practically sitting on top of it! And if needed, a launch control system is available.