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20 / 08 / 2018

LEXUS LC 500 V8 GIVES VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCE

A concrete car park provided the ideal acoustic platform for a virtuoso performance by the Lexus LC 500.
The occasion was the making of Exit Music, a new short film celebrating the thrilling sound of the muscular coupe’s V8 engine. Lexus is committed to delivering an exhilarating performance in its cars and has tuned the LC 500 to produce a great sound, adding another dimension of driving pleasure to its high style and performance appeal.
A crescendo of noise

To create Exit Music, Lexus handed the keys to its flagship sports car to stunt driver and three-time British Rally Champion Mark Higgins. The master wheelman hustles the car through the tight confines of Bristol’s Cabot Circus multi-storey car park, using throttle and brake to produce a roaring crescendo of noise.

Mark used ultra-quick flicks of the paddle shifts to move through the 10-speed automatic transmission and brush the 7,300rpm red line. Power sliding between pillars, the LC 500 descended the car park’s spiral ramps with the wail of the engine matched by the scream of Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tyres.
Concert hall effect

Lexus took great steps to give the LC 500 a sound that stirs the emotions. Noise produced by the air intake at the front of the car combines with the exhaust system at the rear to create a ‘concert hall’ effect inside the cabin. The air intake is fitted with a sound generator precisely calculated to maximise the desired sound frequency and level. Its opening is connected directly to the car’s cowl reinforcement, to generate reverberation in the enclosed space, giving the sound a natural quality.
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At the rear, extra valves in the front section of the main exhaust silencer open and close when the throttle is used. The length and diameter of the main silencer pipe were also designed to generate a rousing exhaust note.
Lexus took great steps to give the LC 500 a sound that stirs the emotions, combining the noise produced by the air intake at the front of the car and the exhaust system at the rear to create a “concert hall” effect inside the cabin, both when the car is accelerating and slowing down. The air intake is fitted with a sound generator with dimensions precisely calculated to maximise the desired sound frequency and level. Its opening is connected directly to the car’s cowl reinforcement, to generate reverberation in the enclosed space, giving the sound a natural quality.
“The LC is a lovely car and it looks gorgeous,” said Mark. “It gives you everything you want in terms of luxury but it’s fun to drive as well. And the sound it made through that car park at two in the morning was amazing. It’s a car that I would be very, very happy to drive every day.”