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As the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off today, GAZOO Racing has held a press conference today at their booth expressing their intent to enter in this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany. The grueling race event starts on June 19 for qualifiying and the race will start on June 21 and finish on June 22. GAZOO Racing will field a total of three cars including their their race spec Toyota 86 and Lexus LFA. For the first time, a special “enhanced sports car research vehicle” called the “LFA Code X ” will feature a larger modified 1LR-GUE 5.3L V10 and is reported to have more horsepower and better torque better suited for the harsh conditions of the “Green Hell”. To help with rigidity and weight reduction, the entire chassis is made with carbon fiber. My guess is that the aluminum frame rails from the normal LFA have been augmented with carbon.

This year’s GAZOO Racing drivers are an all star cast of Japan’s finest including Akira Iida, Takayuki Kinoshita, Juichi Wakisaka and Kumi Sato just to name a few. So far there is no sign of “Morizo”, Akio Toyoda’s GAZOO Racing alias on the roster but it does say “planned” in parenthesis. To support the all-star line up of drivers, Toyota has enlisted their own engineers and techs to support the teams during the long race. These endurance races aren’t just for fun, it serves as an important development bed for future products. With GAZOO Racing focused on their true 86 and LFA sports platforms, it may be a sign of more exciting products in the future. So far 2014 is looking really promising for Toyota and Lexus in motorsports.


2014 GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X:

2014 GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA:


2014 GAZOO RACING Toyota 86:

 

Official Toyota Press Release:

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 10, 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

Vehicle

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

Source: GAZOO Racing / Toyota

Ryan B.
Ryan B.
Toyota, Lexus, Scion Connoiseur Also known as Flipside909, a lifelong Toyota & Lexus owner/enthusiast, community supporter, traveler and foodie.
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