LFA's Ring Result Confirmed: 7:14.64 (Video Proof Encl.)

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
lfa s ring result confirmed 7 14 64 video proof encl

After checking the telemetry, and posing for a group shot, it’s official: The Lexus Nürburgring-enhanced LFA did the now common 20.6 kilometer “sport auto” lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in seven minutes, 14.64 seconds. That’s a hair better than the Donkervoort D8 RS, which completed the same course in 7:14.89 – 5 years ago. It is also the best time amongst the bona-fide production models. Better than the Nissan GT-R (7 min 24 sec), better than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (7 minutes 19 sec), better than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (7 minutes 18 seconds).

Still, it doesn’t take the Lexus all the way to the top of the production league. In front of it are three more “production” cars. Two Radicals (6:48 and 6:55) and one Gumpert Apollo that had rounded the Ring in 7:11.57. All not necessarily mass market cars, but the LFA isn’t either:

Of the plain vanilla LFA, only 500 are built. The record breaking LFA with the Nürburgring package is produced 50 times. However, it is street legal, even under strict German rules. The red “Überführungsnummer” (dealer or temporary tag) from Cologne (denoted by the “K” in front) attests to that.

Be it as it may, it is a great win, and it will most likely lead to increased tinkering, especially in Zuffenhausen. Being passed by a car nobody ever heard of is one thing. But by a Lexus?

“Ja, was bilden die sich denn ein, die Japaner!”

PS: Bloggers, please don’t try to impress your readers with “bridge to gantry.” As the authority on the topic, bridgetogantry.com, explains:

“After exiting the carpark at ‘C’ on the map above, drive under the Bridge (Antoniusbuche) at ‘B’. From here it’s 19.1km to the Gantry.”

Bridge to gantry is for tourist days. The full lap is 20.6 kilometers. And here is the video of the full 20.6 kilometers.

Join the conversation
4 of 33 comments
  • Mattfarah Mattfarah on Sep 07, 2011

    Everyone here keeps bitching about the price of the car, but does anyone here have the coin or the desire to actually buy one? I know two LF-A owners in Los Angeles and another one in New York, and I can tell you that all three of them are totally thrilled with their cars. One owner has nearly 10,000 miles on his LF-A and likes it so much he offered it up to us to use on The Car Show when a press car wasn't available. So it seems that the people with the money and desire to buy these cars are considering them money well spent.

    • See 1 previous
    • Stuki Stuki on Sep 07, 2011

      @Quentin I was thinking along those lines as well. If the LFA is as trouble free as a "regular" Lexus, instead of as trouble prone as a "regular" supercar, this thing is indeed a huge branding success for Lexus; similar to what the NSX was for Honda back when. A somewhat less extravagant LFB, for, say, 911 money would be a good next step. The overriding force in high ticket cars, is that more and more profits are coming from people with almost unlimited budgets; derived not from frugality or cleverness, but rather from membership in a preselected in-crowd, like bankers, Russian pipeliners and Arab sheiks. Hence being able to upsell existing customers into exotica, is becoming relatively more important than winning another sale to a retired doctor, who spends 5 years shopping the internet for the best price and deal for his "achievable dream car." As anyone in sales will tell you, a rich client is all well; and a sucker as well; but a rich sucker, now that's where the real money is made.

  • Westsdierider74 Westsdierider74 on Sep 07, 2011

    How it an LFA even considered a production car? There hasn't even been 500 made yet

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.