The Emil Frey Lexus Racing team will make its debut at the 24 Hours of Spa on July 28th and 29th at the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, fielding two Lexus RC F GT3’s in the 70th edition of the iconic endurance race.
Team principal Lorenz Frey said about the event, “This is one of the toughest GT3 races, taking place on probably the most spectacular racetrack there is, so everyone in the team is very excited about our first 24-hour race with the Lexus.”
To mark this premiere and the 10th anniversary of the Lexus’ ‘F’ performance brand, Lexus Europe will reveal a unique LFA “Art Car” at the Spa racing weekend. Designed by Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques, the livery of this one-off vehicle merges the instantly recognizable lines of the most iconic Lexus supercar, the LFA, with an organic pattern expressing the feeling of movement and constant evolution.
“My inspiration for this livery was the idea of fluidity present in the contemporary life, where things are in constant movement and it’s hard to freeze anything,” Pedro explains. “The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life. I wanted to reach an organic feeling by using handmade material and liquid lines in the elements spread through the car. By doing this I hope to express a feeling where the car becomes a less defined shape, in constant mutation in its movement.”
Sadly for car enthusiasts, the LFA is one of the rarest supercars in the world as only 500 were produced by Lexus. Boasting a 4.8-liter V10 engine created in collaboration with Yamaha, the LFA was only in production for two years (December 2010 to December 2012). The brainchild of Akio Toyoda, CEO of Lexus’ parent company Toyota, the LFA was one of the most expensive Japanese road cars ever built (base price: $375,000, $445,000 with the 2012 Nürburgring Package).
The new LFA “Art Car” will join the on-track parade on Saturday, July 28th before the start of the 24 Hours of Spa, the centerpiece of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series.