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We just gave back our Lexus GS 450h tester, which is why we've been sad all morning (more to come on that). The thing is an absolute monster on the road, despite being under the influence of more computing algorithms than the Mars rover. That's likely why Toyota's planning to race the hybrid in Japan's Tokachi 24-hour Race at the Tokachi International Speedway in Hokkaido next week. Engineers say they're looking to gain "technological feedback for future mass-production vehicles," but we say they're just looking to flaunt their junk. You know how catty engineers can get.

via Modern Racer

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