Lexus LFA

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Lexus LFA

A Winning Idea

When the concept Lexus LF-A was in Detroit in 2005, it shattered all notions about what a should be.  Half a decade and transformations later, the first car rolled off the production line, and it was we ever dreamt it to be.  fans at last had a supercar to their own, and boy, was it the wait. Few people know the story actually starts in a bar in 2000. Here, Toyota and the father of ‘Project P280’ Tanahashi first raised the of producing a sports car with his Tetsuo Hattori. Luckily, the was “Why not?” promptly by a round of celebratory drinks, and the meeting set in motion a development that rewrote the engineering on everything the industry knew making high-performance cars. A entry in Tanahashi’s diary this milestone: “February 10, – In Shibetsu, Hattori approves the of a real sports car.” the first of many brief entries recorded in an Excel

spreadsheet, would follow the birth, and first steps of from P280 to the Lexus The Need for Speed As early as 2000, P280 took the of many life-changing twists. an evaluation of existing competition at the proving grounds, Tanahashi was “Baby sports cars are This will be a grown-up car.” And so on October 6th the decision was that []

Designing the Dream

Lexus LFA

When engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi a study into the viability of a sports car, the image he had in bore no resemblance to the magnificent LFA eventually went into After all, Lexus was a leader in quality passenger not a manufacturer of exotic, low-volume Four months after given the go-ahead for the study, recorded in his diary that the product meeting on June 26, proposed a V6 open-top sports An competitive evaluation drive at the facility in Shibetsu was planned for the

month. What happened at the drive set in motion a sequence of that would ultimately the design of the LFA. Following the evaluation, a decision was made to a full-size sports car, and setting up a meeting with engine supplier, Yamaha, to possible options. Tanahashi both V6 and V8 engines with his at Yamaha and studied the options the intention of presenting them at the product planning meeting. In 2000, he met with Toyota’s Vice President Mitsuhisa who made it clear that a V8
not be adequate to power the dream Only a V10 that could Formula One technology would be as appropriate for a Lexus supercar! The V10 design held several over other equivalent layouts: V8 wouldn’t be able to rev as whilst the reciprocating mass and friction []

Peeking into the Future


into the future of the Lexus LFA soon).

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