12 / 1 / 2018

LEXUS LC TO COMPETE IN THE 24 HOURS OF NÜRBURGRING 2018

Lexus LC is to compete in the 46th 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race (official name: ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen, hereafter Nürburgring 24 Hours race), to be held from Saturday May 12th through Sunday May 13th, 2018.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours race is held yearly at the Nürburgring in central Germany — known as the world's most gruelling course — and 2018 sees the final of this 46th race taking place from May 12th through May 13th.

In 2018, the Lexus LC will be competing for the first time. This car has been refined to race specifications by the company’s mechanics and engineers, and incorporates advanced development technologies destined for future production vehicles such as sports cars. It's all part of our company’s efforts towards "making ever-better cars" through activities aimed at "refining people, refining cars".

Competing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race with the Lexus LC will enable us to introduce the following advanced development technologies destined for future production vehicles:
・Body technology development (reducing weight, increasing rigidity)
・Driver assistance technology (enhancing visibility, etc.)
・Aerodynamics development
・Engine development (increasing power by reducing friction, enhancing fuel economy, etc.)
・Suspension technology (reducing weight, increasing rigidity, enhancing responsiveness, etc.)

The four drivers for this race will be Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, along with young drivers Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

“The race car we are currently developing, the Lexus LC, is still in its infancy and finally beginning to take its first steps’, said Takeshi Tsuchiya, Driver. “It will be some time before it can properly stand by itself, but it will be well worth the effort, and I'm delighted to actually be involved in the company’s efforts towards "making ever-better cars" for the future. As the drivers, the four of us will work together to bring the company's goals to fruition.”

 

 

Team

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Vehicle / Class

LEXUS LC (SP-PRO class planned)

Main specifications

Engine

2UR-GSE modified

Tires

Bridgestone

Drivers (planned)

Takeshi Tsuchiya, Japan

Takamitsu Matsui, Japan

Naoya Gamo, Japan

Yuichi Nakayama, Japan

Chief mechanic

Toshiyuki Sekiya, TMC employee

Lead engineer

Kazuyoshi Ogata, TMC employee