What Is Lexus Testing These LFA Widebody Mules For?

Lexus ceased production of the LFA supercar in December 2012, making these recent spy shots all the more confusing for enthusiasts.

Why is Lexus testing a pair of widebody LFA mules at the Nürburgring? Could it be that the LFA’s successor hides underneath the familiar bodywork? The answer is not easy to find, given the conflicting reports about the possibility of a second-generation LFA.

Our spy photographers snapped the LFA test mules lapping very quickly around the Nürburgring Nordschleife today. While the cars feature the V10 supercar’s bodywork, a closer look at the photos reveals some interesting elements.

For starters, both mules feature fender extensions, with the rear fenders also featuring an additional air intake. Given the big rear wing and winglets on the front bumper, the vehicles seem to use the bodywork of the LFA Nürburgring Edition. The only difference between the two cars is the choice of wheels.

Both mules are fitted with measuring equipment, visible on the roof and fenders as well as through the windows. Lexus must be using sensors to assess the effect the widebody package and the unknown mechanical changes have on the lap times.

One thing is certain, though. If these test vehicles aren’t for a next-generation LFA, the only project that would fit the bill is Toyota’s upcoming hybrid hypercar. Previewed by the GR Super Sport Concept, the extreme machine will boast 1,000PS (986hp) from a 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine and a hybrid system.

Since said hypercar and the LFA have very different designs and layouts, maybe Toyota is using the mules for other purposes. For example, to test suspension and braking components, as well as different wheel and tire combinations.

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Picture credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • Shahul Usman

    That is odd… well.. its takes them 10 years to make a car.. looking at the new 2030 Lexus LMFAO

    • ksegg

      2030 is being optimistic.

  • SteersUright

    Whatever it is, its always awesome to see the LFA getting some more love from Toyota. Hopefully this is something more down to earth though. That car was wildly expensive.

    • Merc1

      Totally agree.

      M

  • Merc1

    Now that was a Lexus I truly loved. Saw it just one time on the DNT. The sound was unforgettable. If Toyota is doing such a car again I’m all for it. I love it when Toyota lets it hair down.

    M

    • Astonman

      Totally agree with you on the sound!

  • DM

    I love the LFA! You could know nothing about cars and think this is an all new 2018 model that is just about to come out. It has aged well, and it will continue to look modern for many more years.

  • ace_9

    I hope it is an LFA successor with NA V10, now revving up to 12000 rpm.

  • no25

    seeing an LFA in person is truly breathtaking! anyone can admit these cars are beautiful inside and out. even the sound is top notch. Is an LFA II in the works?? I hope so! Make it faster, though! A GTR, hundreds of thousands cheaper, can almost out perform it.

  • ksegg

    They’re testing the new Supra.

    /s.

    • hahahahahaaaaa u made my week!

    • Larry Qualls

      That’s dope! Ha

  • Mr. EP9

    Who cares? I just want to hear that V10 for what could possibly be the last time.

  • RDS Alphard

    You sure it wasn’t a mule for LC F?

  • Matthew Boyd

    Uhhh…for a successor maybe

  • Blade t

    That would be cool if they produced a new LFA ,but I bet they are just testing out parts for a different project….

  • Probably just hacked mule for something else, but always love to see LFA running.

  • Apparently this LFA were used to test new tyres, again not sure why they put the camo wrap around the fenders.

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