The noise. The sheer noise of the thing. Anyone who has ever been privy to a Lexus LFA during, let’s say, a spirited acceleration phase will confirm that a) someone up there really does like us and being human isn’t all that much of a chore, and b) it’s really quite special.
The Lexus LFA came to us many, many years ago as a precious (expensive) object of supercar desire. Here was a V10-engined Lexus with the capacity to go from 0-62mph in 3.7secs and onto a top speed of 202mph.
The rev counters had to be digital to keep up with that V10. It was built from exotic materials. It was really, really good on a track. And it had that thing that all unicorns require: a limited production run. Only 500 were built.
And Lexus’s UK head office has detailed how it manages to keep its sole LFA in fighting shape. It’s maintained at the ‘LFA Centre of Excellence’ at Toyota’s Motorsport HQ in Germany.
“We treat an LFA more or less like a Le Mans car,” explains Peter Dresen, the man in charge of the centre.
Yep, a road car that requires racecar levels of expertise…