Gallery: Lexus celebrates 10 years of ‘F’

Lexus takes to Fuji Speedway to mark the 10th anniversary of its performance badge

Gallery Lexus celebrates 10 years F

Lexus’ ‘F’ badge, assigned to its most performance-focused models, turns 10 this year.

To celebrate, the Japanese brand held a huge track event at the place which lent its initial to the badge – Fuji Speedway.

Professional Toyota and Lexus racers such as Takayuki Kinoshita, Yuji Tachikawa, Hiroaki Ishiura, and Kamui Kobayashi were present as instructors for Lexus customers on the day.

The result of the track day for those participants was the extra driving know-how, as well as video shot by Lexus of them and the cars on track.

For us, however, the best things to come out of Lexus’ celebration are the photos. Make sure you flick through the gallery at the top of this page to see all the awesome imagery captured on the day.

A bunch of 5.0-litre V8s packed into rear-drivers on a wet track makes snapping a sideways Lexus very easy.

Present was a range of F cars, from IS F to LFA, and everything in between and beyond.

In 2008, when the IS F was launched, its 5.0-litre V8 produced 311kW, a little less than the 351kW produced by a Lexus V8 in its F cars (and the LC500) today.

Still, it was able to hit 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, and according to Lexus had the fastest gear shift speed at the time at just a tenth of a second.

Eventually, the RC F and GS F took over as the ‘F’ cars, in coupe and sedan forms respectively. Though not an ‘F’ model per se, the Lexus LFA supercar is often grouped in with F models as it represents the pinnacle of Lexus road-legal performance.

 

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