Work in progress, that's the best way to describe Toyota's new supercar. The mag's spies caught the much hyped two-seater undergoing testing at the famous Nürburgring in Germany, but there's plenty left to do before it makes an unusual debut.
The Japanese firm is set to unveil the LF-A - which has already been revealed in concept form - as a pace car at next year's Japanese Grand Prix.
The F1 event coincides with the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, and will take place at the Toyota-owned Fuji Speedway for the first time in 30 years. However, eager buyers will have to be patient, because the car won't hit showrooms until early 2009 - but there's good reason for the wait. While the current prototype uses a spaceframe platform with an all-aluminium
body, and features a 4.8-litre V10 engine, major changes are planned.
Toyota intends to build the world's most luxurious, best handling and safest supercar ever, incorporating as much F1 technology as possible - so it has ditched the metal body in favour of carbon fibre. The panels are currently under development at a tailor-made production facility in Japan.
Roadgoing versions of the LF-A are also expected to boast a more powerful 500hp 5.0-litre V10, ensuring a top speed in excess of 200mph. Weighing in at around 1,200kg, the car should be one of the fastest machines on the planet.
Potential buyers need to save their pennies, though - the new skin should result in a price in excess of £80,000 when the model arrives in the UK.