SCOOP – SECRET LF-A TEST AT FSW

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Japanese News, Latest Articles


I was at Fuji today to cover a behind-the-scenes filming of the latest Hot Version DVD when late in the day and from out of nowhere, 2 bright and shiny Lexus LFA’s appeared from the other end of the pit-lane…

I was standing out on pit lane talking with Tarzan Yamada about his trip to America for the SEMA show tomorrow when we spotted them. Now, I love the LF-A but the tight-lipped response to 7tunes questions regarding the cars being at FSW was that it was a “test” – with no further comment given.

In the 20 minutes I observed the goings on, the two LFA circled the track doing an out lap and then an in lap, with the occasional flying lap. A number of drivers took turns behind the wheel but while the identity of the drivers remains unknown to me*, I can confirm a number of engineers were also taken around the track; and in many instances, the red LFA could be seen weaving from left to right down the main straight doing well over 250kph. Suspension and brake testing perhaps?

I’m not about to pull out my crystal ball just yet and make a definitive call but Toyota is due to start production in December and there is plenty of talk that they have been evaluating different grades for the LF-A; something we know to be fact when one remembers the car the late Hiromu Naruse was driving was a race spec version at the Nurburgring.

In these shots you can see the interior selection of the blue LF-A is in stark contrast to that of the red LF-A. The cream leather, chromed wheels and yellow calipers hint at something along the lines of customization differences although the details are scarce. Could it be that production has started early and that these are actually cars that “clients” have customized as per Toyota’s insistence that the LF-A be entirely customizable on paint and interior finish? If so, just who’s car is this then?

The thing that seemed out of place, besides a yellow on blue color scheme for the brake calipers, was the chromed wheels with missing center caps.

Now by this stage, the staff at Toyota had sent an angry call to race control to come over and have a talk with the people spectating and we were then coerced by stern faced staff back behind the roller doors and out of view of the cars and their onlookers. This came as a surprise to many of us but it just confirmed that something important enough was taking place for us not to be privy to it. The fact that Toyota decided to do this when they knew that other media would be present is a mystery.

So, feel free to interject with your own opinions on what is going on here. I personally think they were also developing the car for racing next year. It is no secret now that Toyota are going after Nissan in the FIA GT series.

* – In fact, I do know who was driving the cars at the time but Toyota has asked me to keep the information confidential until they decide to make it public. Unlike other people that I know in this industry, I have decided to keep my word.

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Photos – Adam Zillin

Words – Adam Zillin

  • http://minds-farm.blogspot.com/ Matt

    Don’t know why but the driver in blue LFA reminds me on Ken Nomura.

  • Bryce

    @Matt – The orange hair and the cap maybe?

  • Bryce

    I’m not sure of the size of these cars, but the guy does look small inside of it as well. Man, I never get tired of looking at this car.

  • ian

    ben collins?

    heard he needs a job haha.

  • http://minds-farm.blogspot.com/ Matt

    @Bryce – exactly :)

  • Stingray

    Hmm…probably testing the production cars, but also race testing is a possibility, and what about SuperGT? Are they gonna keep the SC racing in there or are they gonna bring the LFA for 2011?

  • http://ClubLexus Joe Z

    The Wheels are not Chrome, they are the “Buff Polished Finish” version of the OEM BBS Forged Aluminum wheels..

    The other colors are “Light Premium Metallic Coating” and “Dark Premium Metallic Coating”.

    Great Photos!!

    ~ Joe Z

  • http://ClubLexus Joe Z

    They might also be testing the Final Version of the “Bespoke Bridgestone Tires”, since you mentioned they were going 150+ mph & weaving left to right down the straight away..

    ~ Joe Z

  • MitchS14

    @Joe Z – That makes good sense. It could explain the missing centre caps, as perhaps they had a number of sets of tires to test and were swapping between them? Just a thought.

  • http://phatsliggity.com/ Laurence

    @Matt… I am guessing it is Juichi Wakisaka

  • AK47

    Why wouldn’t Toyota want you to publish the names of the drivers??

  • Trevor Sproston

    So in other words you were in FSW pit area taking pics without permission of not only Toyota’s LF-A but also in the very race track Toyota owns. Not so smart to then put that on the internet it is? – How much do you value your future professional relationship with them?

  • http://7tune.com Adam Zillin

    Trevor,

    I’m not sure if you read the article or not but Toyota told me pictures of the cars were fine but asked me to keep the drivers out of it. Which I did. Sorted.

  • http://dori10david2.blogspot.com/ David

    That is a very nice blue…..
    Good on ya for sticking to your principles. Your Mum would be proud.

  • Kirill

    I only wish they made JZA90 Supra in this body.

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