Few technological advancements have been as important in the auto industry as the development of carbon fiber. Lighter yet stronger than most materials that were once used in building vehicles, carbon fiber has become an integral element in the development of some of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars on the planet, including Formula One race cars.
On their end, Lexus knows a thing or two about supercars with the development of the LF-A . The company has even taken to new lengths to provide the LF-A with the best possible materials by building their very own carbon fiber loom to create the carbon fiber materials that will be used in the LF-A.
The revolutionary loom is able to weave three-dimensional carbon fiber shapes that will be put in the company’s supercar, including the steering wheel and the A-pillar. Knowing the great lengths company’s go through to outfit as much carbon fiber as possible on their supercars, Lexus saw fit to take the game to a whole new level with the invention of the carbon fiber loom, a technology that’s the first of its kind in the world.
Eventually, the machine will also be used to create materials for other Lexus models, signaling a concrete step in helping bring the weight down and improve performance of the company’s future vehicles.
Check out the video featuring Lexus’ new carbon fiber loom. If there ever was any indication just how fast technology is shaping the auto industry today, this is it.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the Lexus LF-A in varying shapes and colors, drooling over these Japanese supercars every chance we find. All that time, however, the LF-A was nothing more than just a prototype because the production version wasn’t even being built yet.
All that changed on December 15th of last year when Lexus officially began production of the LF-A at the Motomachi production plant in Japan. A little over a month later, the first-ever production model – a bright orange version similar to the Nurburgring Package - of the LF-A was rolled out of the production block.
The work on the car is done by 170 people all of which have a specific role in the build of the Japanese supercar. Among them include specialists that only handle the carbon fiber components found in the car. In addition to that, the building of the LF-A and all the subsequent procedures done on each car are recorded and kept on journals, with each of these journals estimated to be 3,500 pages long.
We can’t blame Lexus for being this meticulous when it comes to building their maiden supercar. It took them a few years and a number of prototypes to get to this point, so we understand why they’re being very detail-oriented with the Lexus LF-A.
The American magazine, Car And Driver, had the amazing opportunity to drive two of the most impressive sports cars out there: the new Lexus LF-A and the Ferrari 599 HGTE . And yes, both were painted in white to no doubt add a little something to the comparison. The two models were matched up on the streets of Wales.
The LF-A is powered by a 4.8 liter V10 that delivers a maximum output of 560 HP at 9,000 RPM and a peak torque of 354 lb-ft at 6,800 RPM. It can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds and won’t stop until it reaches a top speed of 202 MPH. The Ferrari on the other hand gets a V12 engine with 611 HP as well as a number of changes to increase the car’s driving dynamics. Don’t put them in the winner’s circle just yet, though, because the HGTE was still slower than the lightweight, mid engine V8 powered F-430 Scuderia
So how did the Ferrari 599 HGTE fare against the Lexus LF-A? Check out the video to find out!
Lexus hasn’t been able to sleep easy as of late with the Germans rising up with their new vehicles. According to Autoweek, the Japanese luxury automaker is mulling a few new ideas to stay ahead of the competition.
Lexus will likely stop building the LFA once the 500 units have been delivered, so if you were lucky enough to buy one, congratulations. If not, Lexus is considering the LFA Roadster once again . According to the story, the roadster version of the supercar might be built in greater numbers, but it could take up to a year for it to be released.
Although not as exciting, the Lexus VX might be entering the model lineup as a step-up from the RX crossover. The VX could feature seven-seats and more interior room, as well as improved driving dynamics. The company is also considering a rival to the BMW X6 , but let’s hope they don’t.
Finally, the CT200h hybrid hatchback is nearing completion and we are highly anticipating its release. The rest of the models in the lineup will be getting a few updates here and there.
Well, another one bites the dust. Not exactly, but some may say that a supercar going hybrid might as well have completely lost their credibility as a lean ,mean fast-going machine, and it seems that the V10-powered LF-A is going to end up being one of them. Lexus is planning on bringing a plug-in hybrid version of the sports car as a direct response to Porsche’s 918 Spyder Hybrid supercar. In fact, the first prototypes have already been caught testing.
Compared to a standard Lexus LF-A, the mule caught testing has received bucket monofilament tail lamps, but is missing the spikes on the leading edge of the C-pillar. The side scoop and front fascia have also received some changes as they have been reworked, possibly to distinguish the hybrid from the standard LF-A. The hybrid system will also come with a complex system of batteries and sockets that will help reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption.
This is all still speculation, of course, considering we have received no official statement stating that Lexus will be creating a hybrid version of the LF-A, but we wouldn’t be surprised considering the snowball effect hybrids are having these days. Let us know what you think after the jump.
There’s no question that the Lexus LF-A is one of the fastest cars you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, the supercar’s speed also makes it a magnet for law enforcement authorities and, as this video will show you, the LF-A can now be associated with a different kind of fast: how fast it can get a speeding ticket.
In this video, Claus Ettensberger of CEC gets behind the wheel of a Lexus LF-A and takes it for a quick ride around the block. Twenty minutes later, Ettensberger returns to the dealership, but when he came back, there was a piece of paper sticking inside his windshield. Yes, dear friends, that piece of paper was a speeding ticket.
Turns out, during Ettensberger’s quick run with the supercar, he got flagged by local authorities for going 103 mph in a 35 mph zone. We don’t know what this dude was thinking, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that going three times over the speed limit is like heaving a stack of pancakes at a hungry man. The radar guns will take advantage of it.
The best part? The Lexus LF-A hasn’t even been released yet, so getting a ticket with a car that has yet to hit the streets is another feather you can add on Ettensberger’s cap.
Prospective owners of the new Lexus LF-A will have something to cheer about as the company, in collaboration with US-based travel bag and suitcase manufacturer Tumi, is set to release a line of travel cases exclusively for the supercar.
The two-piece luggage set is set to come with the LF-A in a number of select markets, including Europe and America.
The two Tumi cases were created using materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, two materials that are predominantly used in the actual supercar. What’s more, the cases will also carry the corresponding vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car that comes with it. The two cases, a smaller case that could be used for light travel and a bigger case that can be used for longer travels, were also designed to snuggly fit into the trunk of the LF-A.
All 500 models will be produced 20-at-a-time per month with the supercar, together with the cases, set to be delivered to its customers beginning at the early part of next year.
Take a step back from the SLS AMG and take a look at the old SLR McLaren . It was more of a cruiser than an all-out performance vehicle, but it was pretty good nonetheless. Pretty good, as it turned out, wasn’t good enough.
Mercedes and McLaren took the SLR back to the garage and put their engineers to work and out popped the SLR 722. Taking a fast car and making it faster is the German way and they are at it again with their latest model. Unlike before though, the new SLS AMG GT3 isn’t road legal. This thing is a pure adrenaline pumping race machine.
We liked the basic SLS more than most performance vehicles on the market, including the Lexus LFA , so we should like this new version even more. Sadly, we have no idea how it drives because we aren’t racing drivers, even though we like to think we are sometimes. That’s not going to stop us though, as we take a look at the SLS GT3 and the LFA.
When the Lexus LF-A finally made its way out on the streets, it was inevitable that the supercar would likewise find itself in a race track sometime in the future.
Well, according to Motor Trend, the future, apparently, is now.
Reports are coming in regarding Toyota’s intention of bringing the Lexus LF-A to the FIA GT1 championship series where it is looking at taking on its Japanese arch-rival, the Nissan GT-R .
Despite talks for its entry into the GT1 series, the LF-A isn’t exactly a racing neophyte after participating at the Nurburgring 24-Hour Race in the past two years and even winning the SP8 class’ race this year. With enough racing development and experience under its belt, Toyota is becoming more and more confident that their new Lexus -branded supercar is ready to move into a more competitive racing series, one in which Godzilla has been running roughshod over recently.
The thought of watching these two Japanese heavyweights duking it out for GT1 supremacy is already getting us completely amped up. Let’s all hope that all this talk leads to a race-track smackdown between the two supercars.
When Lexus brought out their famedLF-A supercar last year it came with a big but; customers in the U.S. would only be allowed to lease the supercar on a two year contractual lease plan. What’s more, the total amount ($300,000) had to be paid upfront as part of Lexus’ 1Pay Lease Program. This was done so Lexus could ensure no one could purchase Toyota ’s ultimate hypercar and resell it for a profit within that two year lease period. A big ouch for those wealthy opportunists.
Now, since that idea is pretty much ridiculous and controlling, Lexus US has changed the terms of the sale. They will now sell the car, but only after a contract has been signed by the buyer which stipulates that the dealer has the first right of refusal to buy back the LF-A if it is within the two year period. Still ridiculous and controlling, but a decent business move.
And just in case people try to outsmart Lexus and sell the car without the dealer’s knowledge, you better be quick to read the fine print. If this was the case and the customer got caught, the dealer has the right to be compensated for the difference between what the buyer originally paid for the car and what he sold it for. Oh, and, they also get legal fees. Have we said, "Ouch" in this article yet?
Now if only we can get those big banks and credit card companies to sign a deal similar to the one Lexus has drawn up, then maybe they wouldn’t be making a killing while the little people who have kept them in business suffer. We’re just saying...