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About a week ago, we showed you a video of a mentally fried dude doing his best Need for Speed impersonation: carelessly drifting on public roads with not a care in the world. We emphasized the dangers of being that reckless, no matter how cool it looks.

Turns out, another one of those videos has appeared on the ’Net, only this time, the perp can be seen driving a Lexus IS-F. The situations are different, but the dangers certainly aren’t. In this case, the driver successfully pulls off the high-speed drive in the middle of traffic, narrowly escaping crashing while doing his dangerous stunt.

Technically speaking, he pulls off an impressive drift. – added brownie points for the degree of difficulty but in all sense and sensibilities, this is the kind of drift we don’t encourage. We said it before, if you’re going to drift, make sure it’s in the appropriate environment where won’t risk your life and the lives of those around you.

The shorthand version: don’t be an idiot when you drift.

Source: YouTube
Lexus LF-CC Concept

Rumors of a high-performance sports coupe from Lexus could heat up after it was reported that the Japanese automaker has filed a trademark for the name "RC F" in the U.S. and Europe.

The "RC 350" name was actually trademarked back in November with the Australian Patent Office, setting off speculation that this new RC model could be car that’ll be based on the LF-CC Concept . Now that Lexus has followed that up with the trademark of "RC F," you can clearly see a pattern slowly developing akin to what the company already has with the IS and IS F models.

No confirmation has been made, but in the interest of full disclosure, Lexus’ "RC F" was filed under the United States Patent & Trademark Office #85770072 and the European Union #011314226.

We’ll be sure to update you on any new updates regarding this story. At the very least, it’s getting us really excited to see what Lexus has in store for all of us.

Source: Club Lexus

Production of the Lexus LF-A stopped on December 14th, 2012 , but this doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the news about it. For example, National Geographic’s hit show, Mega Mega factories, recently featured the Lexus supercar. You will learn how the car was built, starting with the design board and up to the safety tests.

For those of you who still need a reminder, the LF-A is powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

During this 45-minute-long video you will learn everything you never knew about this impressive Japanese supercar. All we can hope is that Lexus will come with a new version of it. But until then, we will continue to wait until we see the production version of the LF-Cc .

Lexus LF-CC Concept

Now that production of the Lexus LF-A has come to an end, the Japanese automaker is left without a sports car in its lineup. While it’s a hard to replace a “halo car” like the LF-A, Autocar is reporting that the LF-CC Concept , the same one that made its debut at the Paris Auto Show last September, could take the reins from the LF-A as the company’s next sports car.

According to the report, steps are already underway to begin development of a production LF-CC. This stems from a Lexus source saying that the objective this time around isn’t to showcase a limited-edition supercar the way they did with the LF-A, but to build a car that was “exciting and emotional,” and one that reflects Lexus’ intended future image as a “sporting” brand.

The new sports car will wear both coupe and convertible guise, and will carry styling cues from the concept LF-CC. A rear-drive platform is also likely to be used, similar to the setups Lexus used on the new IS and GS models. But most importantly, the production LF-CC is poised to carry a hybrid powertrain.

We have no illusions that the production LF-CC will eventually supplant the LF-A as Lexus’ fabled supercar, but we do understand the latter’s impact in giving Lexus some sports car chops, something it hasn’t had in a long time.

Here’s to hoping that the production LF-CC can carry that tradition when it makes its reported debut by 2015.

Source: Autocar UK

Lexus will unveil Show the new IS sedan next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto and, as no surprise to anyone, alongside the standard sedan, we will also see the F Sport version. To wet our whistles a little, Lexus has dropped the first official images on the new generation IS and, surprisingly, they reveal the F-Sport version.

When compared to a standard version, the F-Sport variant will add a more aggressive look, featuring special grille and front bumper design, an enhanced three-dimensional mesh grille, larger cooling openings, a black grille surround and, of course, an exclusive set of wheels. The model will also be equipped with a tuned chassis, a lowered suspension and a sportier interior with sports seats made using an integrated foaming method that ensures there are no gaps between the upholstery and the filling.

Under the hood, the IS F-Sport will keep the same engines found in the standard IS, meaning a choice of 2.5-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit.

Toyota has invested lots of money in the carbon-fiber structure used for the Lexus LF- A, so, despite the car’s huge price tag of $375,000 and the total of 500 units produced, it still was impossible for it to recover its entire investment. So, now the company is consideration the possibility of using this structure for more affordable cars but there is no possibility to see a successor for theLF-A .

Lexus never expect the LF-A to turn into a profitable car and was built only to show off, but the current soaring Japanese yen has killed any possibility to see a roadster version of the famous supercar.

In the upcoming models, carbon fiber will be used for hoods, roofs, trunk lids and aerodynamic parts. This doesn’t mean, however, that we should expect such models on the market in the near future. The company did confirm that carbon fiber will be used for both Toyota and Lexus models, but for now this process is still too expensive.

So, when will we see carbon fiber used in those affordable cars? The answer is quite simple: when the cost for carbon fiber goes down.

Either the Lexus LF-A is that awesome of a supercar that’s worthy of celebration or the folks over at Lexus of Poland are relieved to have finally sold one.

We’d like to believe it’s the former after the aforementioned Polish Lexus dealership held a celebration after officially selling the 447th production LF-A, the first Lexus supercar to be sold in Poland.

The LF-A is a quite a doozy, as it was limited to only 500 units and it’s even rarer in a place like Poland where there aren’t as many of these exotics around. We’ll give credit to Lexus of Poland for understanding the significance of the occasion and to that new owner of the LF-A, you have one of the most awesome supercars in the world.

Congratulations on the purchase and please don’t wreck your new baby. It feels a little better knowing that you’re going to take real good care of this red/burgundy LF-A. It deserves as much.

Lexus Builds its Last LF-A

Production of the Lexus LF-A supercar ended on December 14th after only two years of production and 500 hand-built units. The LF-A has been a "the ultimate expression of Lexus quality and performance" and left in a period when Lexus was trying to "to reinvent itself as an emotional, pulse-pumping brand."

In a recent interview, Lexus Executive Vice President Kazuo said that Lexus needs a new halo car if the company really wants to "build a more emotional brand." However, this new halo car won’t have anything in common with the LF-A, and will be much cheaper than it.

However, Kazuo said that in the post-LF-A era, Lexus has different ideas for generating youthful excitement from the traditionally boring premium marque. This means the company wants to develop cars you may actually spot on the streets and are aimed at "mere mortals."

Lexus is currently interested in drawing in those young buyers who have just entered the luxury market and that are not interested in buying models from Lexus’ German rivals.

The only question is whether a new halo car fit Lexus’ new profile or not? Kazuo said that at this point there are no plans to replace the LF-A, but at the same time "If we want to build a more emotional brand, then we need a halo car."

Lexus of Brisbane recently made a pretty important purchase to bolster its standing as one of the premier Lexus dealerships in Australia. This all-important purchase was three IS-F race cars built by Mauer Racing of Switzerland.

Bought initially to become demonstrators and customer experience racers, Lexus of Brisbane is also thinking of unleashing these three bad boys out on a race track in the future. And why not, especially when you consider that Mauer Racing built these cars to serve that sole function.

For one, these cars are powered by the same TRD-developed, 600-horsepower, 4.7-litre V-8 engines that powered several Daytona prototype race cars in the United States. In addition, the race cars have also been given a slew of new race-specific features, including Motec engine management systems, ZF Sachs dampers, H&R springs, AP racing clutches and AP airlocks.

Other design details of the IS-F Race Cars include a wide-body cage monocoque that significantly helps in cutting down the car’s weight to just 1,290 kg (2,843 pounds). A six-speed, rear-mounted Hewland transmission was also installed, as were a set of 18-inch BBS wheels – 11-by-18-inch center-lock fronts and 12.5-by-18-inch center-lock rears - wrapped in racing tires.

Considering the history of how Lexus Brisbane purchased these three cars — a customer made the suggestion, and it went out and sealed the deal — there’s no telling what the plans are for it, apart from what it’s already mentioned.

Rudolph and the rest of the merry band of reindeers are all headed to Hawaii where it is going to spend this year’s Christmas. Why? Because Santa has found a better solution to deliver gifts this year, dropping his usual sleigh in favor of a new Lexus Flying Luxury Cruiser (LFLC).

What makes the new LFLC better than his usual sleigh? The answer is quite simple: while his usual sleigh is being led by nine reindeers, the new LFLC features an advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system with 800 reindeerpower and in the same time delivers fewer emissions than even a single reindeer.

Lexus’ new sleigh is also being equipped with an EV mode to allow Santa to stealthily land on every rooftop. And to make Santa’s journey even more pleasant, the LFLC is also being equipped with Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Advanced Pre-Collision System, Lexus Navigation System with e-Destination and Lexus Enform with a Pandora playlist that includes all of Santa’s favorite songs.

The new sleigh is also replacing Rudolph’s red nose with a large, red LED and infrared light with stereo cameras that makes it safe to drive on a foggy night.

Can’t say we argue with Santa’s ride-of-choice this year. And perhaps Rudolph and his buddies don’t mind either seeing as they’re probably enjoying the Hawaiian sun today.

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