One-off creation will also be in attendance at the 24 Hours of Spa

Lexus’ F line of performance vehicles is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the occasion, the Japanese automaker is rolling out a one-off LFA Art Car that was designed by Portuguese Pedro Henrique. The LFA Art Car will be in attendance at the 24 Hours of Spa where it will feature in the on-track parade on Saturday, July 28, before the start of the 24-hour race.

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The Lexus LFA Art Car doesn’t look like much if you don’t know what you’re looking for

The Lexus LFA Art Car doesn’t look like much if you don’t know what you’re looking for. On the surface, it’s just a white LFA with some random black drawings and scribbles. You might even say that it looks like one of those test prototypes sporting swirly camouflage on its body.

But like most pieces of art, there’s more to this LFA than meets the eye. According to Pedro Henrique, the inspiration behind the livery he created for the LFA Art Car revolves around the “idea of fluidity present in the contemporary life, where things are in constant movement, and it’s hard to freeze anything.”

“The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life,” Henrique adds. “I wanted to reach an organic feeling by using handmade material and liquid lines in the elements spread through the car. By doing this, I hope to express a feeling where the car becomes a less defined shape, in constant mutation in its movement.”

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The black livery becomes less like random drawings and more like expressions of grace and fluidity.

When you look at the LFA Art Car with Henrique’s words in mind, it takes a different shape altogether. The black livery becomes less like random drawings and more like expressions of grace and fluidity. The constant movement the artist is talking about manifests itself in the lines in such a way that even when the LFA is idle, it still feels like it’s in a perpetual state of movement. It’s an interesting way to look at an Art Car.

Those who are more interested in the fact this art car is an LFA will be happy to know that there are still a few examples of the supercar that are still available in the U.S. According to Lexus, around 12 units are still available in U.S. showrooms, a surprising revelation considering that production of the LFA ended six years ago.

Regardless of what you may think of the supercar, the LFA Art Car is a good reminder that underneath all that visual interpretation is a car that packs 550 horsepower from a 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine that sends all that power to the two rear wheels. It blast to a top speed that approaches 200 mph!

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The LFA Art Car is a good reminder that underneath all that visual interpretation is a car that packs 550 horsepower

The LFA Art Car is unlikely to go on sale, but if you’re interested in any one of the 12 units that are still available, you’re going to need to have at leat $500,000 to go home with one of the last few units of one of the best Japanese supercars to arrive this decade.

Further reading

2011 Lexus LF-A
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Read our full review on the 2011 Lexus LFA.

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Read our full review on the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Package.

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The Emil Frey Lexus Racing team will make its debut at the Total 24 Hours of Spa on July 28-29, fielding two Lexus RC F GT3’s in the 70th edition of the iconic endurance race.

Entry in the race comes off the back of strong results for Emil Frey Lexus Racing in its first full season of the premier Blancpain GT Series, including a spectacular victory in round five of the championship at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

It also follows a positive recent test session at the Spa Francorchamps circuit - home of the Total 24 Hours of Spa - where the outfit tested various set-ups and settings in both wet and dry conditions.

Emil Frey Lexus Racing also referenced data from its successful outing at Spa Francorchamps last year, when the team secured the first pole position for the RC F GT3 worldwide and went on to secure a dominant win during a round of the International GT Open series.

Team principal Lorenz Frey said the team’s confidence was boosted by the recent test and knowledge that the RC F GT3 performed adeptly on the challenging, seven-kilometre Spa layout. "Taking into consideration the track of Spa suits our Lexus RC F GT3 very well with its fast corners, we should see a good performance," he said. "Spa is one of the toughest GT3 races taking place on probably the most spectacular race track there is and everyone in the team is really excited for our first 24 hours race with the Lexus.

A highly experienced line-up of drivers, including Monegasque Stéphane Ortelli - a former winner of the 24 Hours of Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans - will pilot the two Emil Frey Lexus Racing RC F GT3s in the race.
LFA ART CAR

To mark this premiere and the 10th anniversary of the Lexus’ ‘F’ performance brand, Lexus Europe will reveal a unique LFA Art Car at the Spa racing weekend. Designed by Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques, the livery of this one-off vehicle merges the instantly recognizable lines of the most iconic Lexus supercar, the LFA, with an organic pattern expressing the feeling of movement and constant evolution.

“My inspiration for this livery was the idea of fluidity present in the contemporary life, where things are in constant movement and it’s hard to freeze anything, Pedro explains. The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life. I wanted to reach an organic feeling by using handmade material and liquid lines in the elements spread through the car. By doing this I hope to express a feeling where the car becomes a less defined shape, in constant mutation in its movement.”

Lexus cultivates a passion for art and design, as showcased every year by the brand’s exhibits at the Milan Design Week. This summer, Lexus also opened a pop-up UX Art Space in Lisbon, featuring works by several artists including Pedro Henriques.

The LFA Art Car will join the on-track parade on Saturday July 28 before the start of the 24 hours race.

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