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A ferocious, custom V10 engine is combined with lightweight carbon-fibre construction and superb, intuitive handling. On the road, it’s an inspirational drive. But on the track, it roars into action - delivering spine-tingling, unrelenting acceleration (0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds) and inexhaustible reserves of power (top speed is 325 km/h).
Production is strictly limited - there will only ever be 500 of these incredible supercars in the world. But anybody who appreciates the amazing can admire the dedication that went into producing the lightning-fast LFA. This masterpiece of automotive engineering is now informing the development of new cars in the Lexus range. It’s also the product of ten years in the obsessive quest for perfection by Lexus’s most talented designers and engineers.
I WILL NOT CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THIS CAR. I STILL BELIEVE IT'S THE BEST I'VE EVER DRIVEN.Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, BBC, February 2013
The result of ten years of dreaming, innovating, designing and engineering, the LFA pushes the boundaries of what is possible to the limit. Take, for example, the sleek, aerodynamic body. In early prototypes this was made from aluminium, but even that lightweight metal was deemed to be too heavy to achieve the ultimate performance.
So instead an inspired decision was made to replace it with a specially formulated, ultra-light, but immensely tough Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). Rather than source this unique material from elsewhere, we developed our own innovative carbon loom manufacturing process to ensure stringent quality control.
OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS, WE'VE ALL BEEN DRIVEN BY THE PASSION TO CREATE A WORLD-CLASS LEXUS SUPERCAR THAT WILL CHALLENGE THE FINEST SPORTS CARS EVER BUILT.Haruhiko Tanahashi, LFA chief engineer
At the heart of the LFA is a bespoke, hand-built, 4.8-litre V10 naturally aspirated engine. Tested and honed to perfection on the famous Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, it is able to rev so fast that no conventional analogue dashboard tachometer could keep up. Power is nothing without control and the awesome V10 is allied with a lightning-quick, six-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox.
ART OF NOISE
The LFA’s Chief Engineer, Haruhiko Tanahashi describes the nape hair-raising sound of the car as, “The roar of an angel.” And that thrilling roar is no accident. Working in conjunction with Yamaha's musical instrument division, engineers tuned the LFA's engine note to a pleasingly perfect pitch, using uniquely shaped ribs in the intake manifold cover.
THE HOT SEAT
The dramatic, low-slung cockpit of the LFA was hand-assembled in the finest materials. Dominating the instrument cluster is a single gauge – the animated tachometer. Employing a laptop-type TFT display, it can change its appearance, depending on driving mode. As the LFA shifts into high performance sport mode, display numbers become bigger and bolder, the face fluidly swaps around and the redline moves to the top of the dial.
Like all masterpieces, every V10 engine was hand-built and signed by the individual engineer from the dedicated Lexus team responsible for the LFA. This same group of automotive visionaries patiently and meticulously crafted every one of these peerless supercars. In their quest for perfection, they’ve developed innovative techniques and materials that are filtering through to other cars in the Lexus range.
Developing a unique construction material in Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) offers the LFA an aesthetic advantage, a reduction in weight and added stiffness. Its low weight and high strength has inspired the talented Lexus designers to create contours and curves that wouldn’t have been possible with a metal body. This is the Lexus L-Finesse design philosophy taken to a whole new level.
BREAKING THE MOULD
For optimum weight distribution, the LFA has an ideal 48:52 front-to-rear balance - allowing the supercar to exploit its full dynamic potential. Key components are also installed as close to the ground as possible - achieving an unprecedented low centre of gravity that keeps it glued to the road. It’s a car that can negotiate the challenging bends of the Nürburgring racetrack with surefooted control at blistering velocities.
IT'S A VERY LONG TIME SINCE I DROVE SOMETHING SO HIGHBROW, SO MAGNIFICENT, SO DETAILED AND SO PERFECT.Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, BBC, February 2013
THE LFA IS A THOROUGHBRED SUPERCAR UNLIKE ANY OTHER BEFORE IT. ASTONISHINGLY LIGHTWEIGHT, POWERFUL AND BALANCED, IT IS ENGINEERED TO ACHIEVE ONE GOAL - TO DELIVER A TRULY SUPREME DRIVING EXPERIENCE.Haruhiko Tanahashi, LFA chief engineer