Published on June 7th,2011 at 1:55 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

Gazoo Racing unleashes race-prepped Lexus CT hybrid at Nürburgring

Gazoo Racing unleashes race-prepped Lexus CT hybrid at Nürburgring

Sure Lexus’s CT200h is a hell of a hot hatchback, and its Hybrid powertrain is quite sexy, but frankly speaking I have drove “faster” cars in my life, but then again who’s said that Nothing can be improved? And this is exactly what the Guys at Gazoo Racing did with the Lexus Gazoo Racing CT a “Super Charged” Lexus CT200h that now comes with a more “powerful” engine of 2.4l instead of the 1.8l and that has been of course heavily modified to break records at Nürburgring!

Oh and here you are below one of Gazoo Racing finest piece… The Gazoo Racing LFA… Man this car is just pure madness!

The legendary Nürburgring will host the racing debut of Lexus’s full hybrid CT tomorrow (14 May) when the luxury hatchback lines up on the starting grid for a gruelling endurance race.

Primed by Gazoo Racing, the motorsport specialists responsible for the racing Lexus LFA, the CT is competing in the Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken-Trophy, contested over six hours on one of racing’s most daunting circuits. Almost 200 cars are expected to line up for the start.

Competing in the SP4 Class, the GAZOO Racing CT, like its road-going sister CT 200h model, features Lexus Hybrid Drive, but with a higher capacity 2.4-litre petrol engine instead of the usual 1.8 unit. The batteries and hybrid system are identical to the road car. At start-up and under braking, the race car uses just its electric motor, producing zero tailpipe emissions and using no fuel. The combustion engine seamlessly takes over at higher speeds with the electric motor providing extra power when accelerating and at racing speeds.

Throughout its operation, the Lexus full hybrid system intelligently selects the most appropriate power source and also captures energy through regenerative braking to charge the battery, which in turn powers the electric motor.

Thanks to Lexus Hybrid Drive, the GAZOO Racing CT will require less fuel and will emit lower levels of CO2 and harmful NOx than any equivalent petrol or diesel race car.

Lexus remains the only car manufacturer to compete in major endurance races with full hybrid cars, starting with the Lexus RX 400h which contested the Nürburgring24 Hours in 2005.

The GAZOO Racing CT driver line-up features three experienced pilots: Kumi Sato, a female racer who competed in a Lexus IS 250 in 2008; Masahiko Kageyama, who previously supported Toyota’s vehicle development programme; and MinoruTakaki, who is responsible for production vehicle development.

Via Toyota
              
Gazoo Racing unleashes race-prepped Lexus CT hybrid at NürburgringGazoo Racing unleashes race-prepped Lexus CT hybrid at Nürburgring
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