Car Feature>> Lexus Lfa

One of the highlights of our recent trip down to Australia came out of total surprise. We heard that a certain Lexus supercar was kept at the same premises where Charles picked up the ISF press car we would sample during our time in Sydney, but it wasn’t quite sure if it would be possible to get some time with it. With only one of these in the whole country, driving it would obviously be out of the question, it’s value alone making Lexus careful about handing the keys over to overenthusiastic journalists outisde of official closed media events. But with the guys at Lexus being a great bunch of people it only took a quick phone call from Charles to secure a few hours with the car. It meant we had to wake up very early, but seeing I’ve wanted to shoot this masterpiece of automotive engineering ever since sitting in it at the Tokyo Motorshow in 2009, I would have gladly given up a night’s sleep for the pleasure.

Our first encounter with the LFA literally took our breath away. Its unmistakable low-slung silhouette making its way towards us as we were waiting at the visitor parking area of the impressive Lexus Australia HQ.

Blue Lexus LFA

I had never seen one finished in the Pearl Blue before, a color that really suits it very well.

Blue Lexus LFA Rear

As the V10 purred away at a slightly raised cold-start idle we followed the LFA to a quiet location within the premises where Casey, Matt and I would have about two hours to immortalize it with our cameras.

To appreciate a car of this caliber you have to focus on the details in order to take everything in. And there are so many small details; refinements that only Lexus could come up with. Every piece you see, down to the smallest nut and bolt has been finely designed and constructed to not only do its job, but look good doing it. It only takes a few moments with the LFA before its controversial price tag really begins to make sense. This car is not only about the performance, it’s more a celebration of how far engineering has come over the last century.

 Lexus LFA 4.8L naturally aspirated engine - 560HP

Lifting the lightweight carbon fiber hood you are presented with the 560HP 1LR-GUE, the 4.8L naturally aspirated, dry sump, 72º V10 that propels the LFA to 60 mph in under 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 202 mph.

This is one Lexus where you can actually see some of the engine, unlike the usual plastic covers fitted on the rest of the range – along with most other modern cars for that matter. The head covers of the V10 are finished in glossy black, very elegant and nothing over the top, it is a Lexus after all.

Taking center stage in the engine bay is the intake plenum, directing fresh and filtered air to the ten velocity stacks that lay within it. While the 1LR was designed and developed together with Yamaha Motor, it was the musical instrument side of the company which took special interest in the plenum, more specifically a complex acoustic design which helps diffuse the right kind of frequencies into the cabin enveloping the occupants in a spine-tingling tidal wave of exhaust and induction noises. Yet another perfect example of just how much detail went into the close to 10-year development program.

Toyota devised a world first circular carbon fiber weaving machine to create the monocoque chassis that the whole car is built on. Carbon fiber, in a variety of types and forms is used on even some of the smallest details like the stand that holds…

…the hood open. Notice how wide the carbon weave is on the hood structure itself, quite different to some other areas of the car.

The V10 sits far back in the engine bay in a true front midship layout, giving the LFA a 48/52 front to rear weight distribution. This is also achieved thanks to the transaxle single-clutch 6-speed gearbox which sits low over the rear wheels. Twin radiators are mounted out back too of course, one of the most recognizable features of the car ever since the first concept back in 2003. On top of its F1 inspired performance, the 1LR is an incredibly lightweight engine, weighing less than the 3.5L V6 2GR-FSE that powers cars like the Lexus IS350 and GS350.

At speed the air passing over these two hood openings creates a low-pressure area that helps draw out hot air from the engine bay as well as the two “chimneys” that can be seen on the top left and right corners of the plenum. These help suck air away from the exhaust manifolds.

Aerodynamic details around the side mirror.

Lexus have truly created a unique supercar, both mechanically and aesthetically. We decided to shoot most of our shots with the rear spoiler raised for added impact. With the spoiler down the LFA has a drag coefficient of Cd 0.31.

Lexus LFA Forged 20 inch Wheels with Brembo carbon-ceramic Brake disks

The massive forged 20-inch wheels are wrapped in specially developed Bridgestone Potenza S001, 265/35 up front and massive 305/30 on the 11-inch wide rear wheels.

Behind the spokes hides the Brembo braking system; carbon-ceramic 2-piece drilled discs, 390 mm front and 360 mm rear. These are mated to 6-pot front calipers and 4-pots at the rear.

This is one of my favorite angles of the LFA.

The Lexus guys let us shoot against a very photogenic background. That sun sure came up quick that morning!

The badge says it all!

Lexus LFA Exhaust tips

This is where that musical instrument up front releases all those beautiful frequencies from. That shriek really has to be heard up close to be believed, it’s nothing short of sublime.

I loved how sturdy and over-engineered the wing stays are! At high speed the rear spoiler generates lots of downforce so those stays have to support a lot of weight

Another detail of the LFA’s composite construction. You can get a glimpse at the carbon chassis and the carbon fiber rear hatch which, compared to the hood, is made up a thinner weave.

The attention to detail continues inside with lots of flawlessly stitched leather, aluminum trim…

…and of course highly glossed carbon fiber detailing.

When you swing the doors open all the way you can again see some of the exposed carbon of the chassis. Not something you see on your every day car!

Lexus LFA blue Interior

Inside, the LFA manages to blend a luxurious Lexus feel together with bespoke supercar elements.

Lexus LFA Interior

The steering wheel is a tactile experience in itself; combining soft leather, aluminum and of course carbon fiber.

Oh look, more carbon fiber!

Even the indicator stalk oozes quality and great design.

This is a little allen screw that holds a section of the leather-clad dashboard in place. Not only is it made out of lightweight titanium but it’s even got three Lexus logos impressed into it!

One of the most impressive bits of equipment has to be the instrument panel, a series of TFT LCD displays that slide from side to side…

…when you select between normal, sport or wet driving modes.

Lexus LFA Rev counter

There are too many configurations to show with lots of menus to play around with on the left side. The tachometer is of course the most fun, switching from its usual black background to this white “ready for business” white and red sport mode. This LCD RPM gauge was actually a necessity as the V10 shoots from idle to redline in a split second and there are no mechanical gauges out there that can react that fast. With the engine still idling as I shot inside the car this is something I had to test out for myself, edged on by the Lexus PR staff to step on the throttle with more enthusiasm. I managed close to 8,000 rpm and the sound was unbelievable!

Number 60 out a production that will see a total of 500 cars being built.

Lexus LFA center console

The LFA is equipped with the latest Lexus entertainment system and satellite navigation as well as a 12-speaker 12-channel Mark Levinson 1000W audio system. I personally loved the dashboard layout with the LCD screen deeply recessed into it and the high transmission tunnel with all commands within easy reach

Airbag equipped seatbelts anyone?

What an experience it was to get a chance to shoot such an unique machine. It’s a pleasure to see what a modern day supercar looks like when absolutely no cost has been spared during its development and production. Lexus LFA Works builds about 20 or so LFAs each month, with production ending as soon as that magical 500th car has been completed.

We want to give special thanks to the Lexus Australia PR staff for allowing this shoot to happen!

Lexus Australia

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

Pictures: Dino Dalle Carbonare, Casey Dhnaram, Matt Malcom

ADVERTISEMENT

Comments

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.

63 comments

by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
2

Oh wow, i never really liked the LFA until i saw these pictures. thanks.

3

OMG, this thing is drop-dead gorgeous in blue. Really, compared to white or orange, blue is a shockingly fantastic color for this car

4

Looks like a new version of rx7

5

To put it in the words of a famous TV car show host: "WHAT A MACHINE" :-)

6

You must recorded a video revving this beatiful machine right?

7

That must be a tensioner in the seat belt.

8

Very impressive car. One thing though, how is the build quality and fit and finish of the interior compared to an European Supercar?

9

What a Lexus!

10

Wondering did you guys manage to take a photo of inside the left rear grill? And other places...

When i took photos of this car i had a good look around and in the left rear grill managed to find the letters TOYOTA staring back at me, wich was cause enough for me to go on a expedition and scan the car over. And i found many more toyota logos and naming.



Always nice to know that lexus owners are still buying a toyota.

11

This car is a piece of jewellery.

12

That 24mm at f1.2 sure gives some bad fringing :(

13

The the only thing that ruins this car is the goofy nose, everything else is fantastic from a design and engineering standpoint.

14

A technological marvel. Sadly useless on today's heavily-ploced roads.



Another thing that's useless, people who only comment FIRST! Seriously, if you have nothing intelligent to add open a window and take a look at the big beautiful world outside, who knows, you might like it, you might go out, live a little and return to your computer with a modicum of intelligence which will in turn allow you to contribute something meaningful when you comment.

15

Missed a close up shot of the pedal box....

16

Amazing car, if sometimes looking like an over body kitted supra :). Best in white or yellow, or silver, but never seen one in silver!

17

This is a genuine dream car for me! A real Japanese super car.

18

WOW what a great in deatail look at that car. I can't tell you how much more impressed i am after seeing all the details that you normally don't see in the magazines or other web site. Can't wait till the day all cars are made out of carbon fiber.

19

GT-R wins in all specs

seat's

cost

trunk

safety

fuel

top speed

confort

etc

20

what an amazing car..

21

This is becoming my most favourite car now. Love it in blue!

22

ehh...... im not impressed .. for 375,00 i could restore a goddamn 68 super bee and finish remodeling my house. stupid numbers. stupid car. toyota needs to get off there high horse.

23

lump of coal....

24

ddd2017- yeah if u want it u cant own one..why?coz there are only 500 of them in existance. thats why they are expensive. go buy urself that super bee and stop hating



dicio_cross- whats the point of owning a gtr when everybody can buy one?and be like everybody on the internet scence with their gtr cars. this lfa is an exclusive car

seat's



cost



trunk



safety



fuel



top speed



confort



etc??

go buy urself a sedan

25

The wide carbon weave is called a "spread tow" weave, the tows are the individual bundles of fibers that are woven together. Because the tows are so flat and so wide, there is very little fiber crimping from the bundles going over and under each other. That way the fibers remain straight and are much more efficiently loaded. It's just about the closest you can get to two perpendicular layers of unidirectional (non-woven) fabric.



The more familiar looking twill weave fabric seen most other places on the car has a narrower tow and therefore a lot more fiber crimping for any given length of fiber, so it is inferior at carrying load compared to the spread tow. It does have a 2 over / 2 under weave pattern though, so it is still mechanically better than plain weave fabric (1 over / 1 under) like the hood prop rod, and much easier to work with also.



The big downside of the spread tow fabric is that is does not have especially good drape, so it is very difficult to use it with tight curves, fine details, and rapid compound curvature changes. Works great for many aerospace parts though, and it makes a really great body panel material.



I really like the exposed chassis carbon though; because of the in-place weaving process it's much more fascinating to me than off the shelf pre-woven fabrics.

26

Add this to my list of Dream Cars =)

27

handle !***** damn dog! i got schooled . your right the only made 500! It must be good..Right ? you should buy a lincoln blackwood! they produced a limited run AND there expensive!.. AND its exclusive because its a damn joke . like a night club! .. dude your seriously making me feel old.....

28

I would so love to have a car like this beauty

29

If someone offered you as a gift, your pick, a lfa or gt r, I bet you choose the lfa

30

Its nice and all, but i have to agree with dicio_cross - i would rather buy a GT-R

31

Such a stunning car!

Though the price tag would be hard to stomach.

My favorite be the engine as it is art in both sound and looks.

32

Damm... but is difficult to say if I really wan it.

It has a lot of cool things.

33

It's a nice car, and definitely impressive performance figures. Even though I wouldn't spend $375K on this, it's cool and you probably won't see another one unlike the GTR, which I think every Asian owns one in the San Gabriel Valley.

34

Carbon Fiber much??? Real nice looking car, till you see that exhuast triangle!!-Fugly!

35

Most of these photos should be wallpapers. It would be a waste to not to release some big pictures from this photoshoot!



#1, #3, #4 and maybe #14. :P

36

Only 500 ever made? Too bad Paris Hilton owns one in pink. >=[

37

Oh man, it's a V10! And it sounds like amazing. Damn, that's a fine engine.

38

There is no other luxury sports car I desire so much as this one! And you guys just made it worst/better!



Thanks!

39

The Future of supercars! Genious car! The Art of speed! Great one! The Special One! Fuck Hybrids and fuel economy!

40

I want one so bad, if I win the lottery, the only hard question would be what colour? that blue is absolutly stunning, but white is also very clean, and flat black is just bad ass

41

Pure sex on wheels! Speedhunters, you've got to give the readers desktops of this car!

42

I wouldnt compare this with GTR 35. LFA is rear wheel drive and R35 not. One is NA and the other boosted. But I have to admit, both are great cars. Hope Honda came up with something as awesome as these machines.

43

top gear FAILED hard when they 'shot' this car....i never knew the amount of detail that goes into this car...i knew a bit because of course this is a Lexus!

44

not likin this car until watched the vid of lexus uses its engine note to break a glass, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BvVM1OdMUk, also, despite my crappy skills, its the most balanced car ive driven in shift 2. great car but kno i dont have a chance to even touch one...

45

LFA is pure engineering...it's nice yo see that japanese car manufactures still have interest in such cars..I am a nissan owner and i can tell that i like the LFA..from performance per price and potential from aftermarket manufactures the GTR is the ultimate car you can buy...from pure potential view the LFA can become a so much better car than the GTR..(carbon composite chassis anyone?) I hope Honda makes the move to release the HSV-010 Gt in a street version..and nissan to make a silvia s16 since in europe i'll only have the money to buy a GTR when it will be electric;p I don't like electric cars, since they don't have the feeling, and without ultracapacitors their batteries are for junk, but i'm looking forward to mass use of boosted E85/E100 applications..

46

desktop pleaseee

47

Desktops please!!!

48

Do i see the fuel ratio? 50L per 100km. What a fuel guzzler!!! But worth it if you own perhaps the greatest supercar ever made.

49

Nice article. What about the car? Mehh! Never was very impressed with the LF-A... There are way too many higher quality and faster Lamborghini's, Ferrari's, McLarens, and Porsches out there cheaper then this LEXUS for me to take a second glance... And before you mention exclusivity,.. I'm immune to BS so don't waste your time.



"greatest supercar ever made"? My ass with a bow tie. With things out there like Pagani's, Koenigsegg's, McLaren's, Bugatti's, and even Lamborghini's, and Ferrari's... the LF-A is merely an overpriced sportscar in all comparison. I'm fine with greatest sportscar ever made but even thats highly arguable..

50

I just love this car !!!!!

51

I would sell my both my kidney and left nut to own that car.

52

Check this guy out that shot a red LFA, this is pretty epic too



http://www.matt-kwok.com/blog/

53

wow.. i think this is going to be very special/historic car. - i like the attention to detail. i wonder if the early built examples will still have all the features of the later bulit ones? i'd like to compare No.1 with No. 500. - Thanks for the pictures your lucky to have been there for this photo-shoot! The car is amazing in every sense of the word, it would've been 'nice' to hear that V10 via a Video Roll tho' - Thanks

54

Can't believe it looks so good in blue, i love this car =)

55

This car is a marvelous machine.

56

It looks well, but does it really worth the money? It could'nt get anywhere during racing attempts so you won't be able to say it's a road version of succesfull racing car.

57

This is a badass car. My question is since the FT-86 concept is for younger guys and this car is for guys with loads of loot where is the sports car for my generation? Where is the Toyota to match the 350Z, Evo and STI's performance?

58

Una muy buena copia del nissan skyline!

59

Need some HQ pics for my desktop wallpaper please

60

One of the best aspects of any Speedhunters trip is driving. Be it road trips, commutes from airports

61

Very well written, and thank you for the extensive walk around the attention to detail. Bump this article up, because there are few that know this machine is the replacement for the Toyota Supra.

62

You really did capture the intense detail that Lexus has poured into this LFA.

OFFICIAL SPEEDHUNTERS SUPPLIERS