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Lexus Is Going to Test a New Twin-Turbo V-8 at the Nürburgring 24

Road & Track logo Road & Track 12/16/2019 Brian Silvestro
a car driving on a road: The engine will eventually make its way into Lexus's road car lineup.© Lexus The engine will eventually make its way into Lexus's road car lineup.

Lexus announced today that it will bring an updated version of its LC race car to the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hour race. This is especially newsworthy because the car will pack a newly developed twin-turbo V-8, which the company says will eventually make its way to its road car lineup.

Shown above, the Lexus LC500 race car at the 2019 Nürburgring 24.

We've heard rumors in the past regarding the twin-turbo V-8's development, but this announcement marks the first time it's been confirmed straight from the company. Lexus hasn't released any specs, but previous reports suggest the engine could displace 4.0 liters and make around 600 horsepower. There's no official word on where the engine will end up in Lexus's range, with the release saying only that it's "destined for use on future road cars such as sports cars." An LC F? We sure hope so.

The engine isn't the only thing Lexus is testing at next year's Nürburgring 24. It's also implementing new body and suspension structures that focus on high rigidity and low weight. There's also new stability control, traction control, and ABS systems onboard. This is the third year in a row Toyota's factory Gazoo racing team will be fielding an LC in the Nürburgring 24.

Drivers Hiroaki Ishiura, Masahiro Sasaki, Kazuya Oshima, and Naoya Gamo will be piloting the car come May 21st. We're curious to see what it can do.

via Motor Authority


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