Lexus has recently set the fastest lap time around the famous Nürburgring for a production car in a limited edition of the Lexus LFA, stopping the clock at 7’14.64″, beating the 7’18.00″ set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the 7’19.63″ set by the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and the 7’24.22″ set by the Nissan GT-R.
But there’s a teeny weeny little bit of controversy; you see only 50 units of the special, track tuned, limited edition, V10 powered Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package will be built, while a total of only 500 LFAs will be built! This has prompted some people to question the LFA’s qualification as a “production” car, especially as there are faster street-legal cars around the Nürburgring.
The street-legal, British based Radical SR8 LM, with its high-revving 2.6-Liter V8 engine, lapped the Nürburgring in under seven minutes with a time of 6’48″! But it looks more like a two-seater open cockpit race car than a road car. Indeed, the company’s Website states, with reference to the SR8 RX, that car’s “styling and chassis have been developed to comply with the latest FIA CN class regulations … homologating the SR8 RX for international competition well into the future.”
Then there is the Audi V8 powered Gumpert Apollo that clocked a time of 7’11.57″. The Apollo is another low production, street-legal, track-ready car. And that does sound a lot like the Lexus LFA!
Should these cars be considered production cars, making the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package only the fourth fastest production car around Nürburgring (the Radical SR8 clocked a time of 6’55″ in 2005)? That would make the Nissan GT-R pretty slow!
Anyway, here’s the official video of the LFA’s lap: