Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced that the 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), held in Germany from Saturday May 12th through Sunday May 13th, 2018.
Nürburgring 24 Hours race is held yearly at the Nürburgring in central Germany—known as the world’s most grueling course—and 2018 sees the final of this 46th race taking place from May 12th through May 13th. Competing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race is the starting point for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s activities aimed at “making ever-better cars”. This year marks the twelfth consecutive year since TOYOTA GAZOO Racing began competing in 2007, using race cars built by Toyota employees and raced by a team of Toyota’s mechanics and engineers.
In 2018, the Lexus LC will be competing for the first time. This car has been refined to race specifications by Toyota’s mechanics and engineers, and incorporates advanced development technologies※ destined for future production vehicles such as sports cars. It’s all part of our efforts towards “making ever-better cars” through activities aimed at “refining people, refining cars”.
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. Toyota Gazoo Racing will push the limits for better cars and refine young drivers so that the whole team can pull together and complete the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.
※ 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.)
・Engine development (increasing power by reducing friction, enhancing fuel economy, etc.)
・Suspension technology (reducing weight, increasing rigidity, enhancing responsiveness, etc.)
|Team||TOYOTA GAZOO Racing|
|Vehicle / Class||LEXUS LC (SP-PRO class planned)|
|Main specifications||Engine||2UR-GSE modified|
|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|
Takeshi Tsuchiya, Driver
The race car we are currently developing, the Lexus LC, is still in its infancy and finally beginning to take its first steps. 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 Toyota’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.
Press release Toyota Gazoo Racing