2/24/2012—Here’s a recent observation about Lexus fans: they definitely have skills when it comes to driving hard.
This much was evident at California’s Auto Club Speedway two weekends ago, where more than a hundred Lexus fans volunteered to test-drive the 2013 GS on three different courses.
On one course, drivers competed against each other in a timed autocross, where, after zipping through a tightly curved circuit, each driver’s time popped up on a scoreboard (fans with the best times earned a speed lap in the LFA on another nearby course):
After the first 10 course runs, it started to dawn on event organizers that the average Lexus fan takes performance driving pretty seriously—and knows a thing or two about acceleration.
On another course, fans were asked to chase pro drivers at higher speeds—let’s just say they had no problem keeping up.
By the way, the 2013 GS is now in dealerships, so you can test-drive one yourself—your dealer won’t keep score, but it’ll still be a thrill ride.
—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR