Lexus builds 500th and final LFA supercar

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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With the 500th LFA rolling out of Lexus' dedicated Motomachi assembly plant yesterday, the much-praised supercar's entire production run comes to an end. It's been exactly two years since Lexus produced the first LFA back on December 15, 2010, with the pace of assembly being just one car per day. Much of the team that developed the car has been together for more than a decade, however, so the end of this line is a significant occasion.

"I've lived and breathed supercars for the past decade," remembers Haruhiko Tanahashi, the LFA's Chief Engineer. "Specifically one supercar. The LFA. Very few people have the opportunity we had: to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper."

Despite the ultra-low volume, a large team of Lexus employees were involved in production, with 170 specially chosen takumi workers assigned to parts manufacturing, assembly and painting.

The 500th LFA, finished in white paint, is fitted with the top-line high-performance Nürburgring package that adds 10-horsepower, a quicker shifting gearbox, a stiffer adjustable suspension, and lighter weight alloy wheels with track-rated performance tires, while enhanced aerodynamics lend it more downforce and unique styling.

Lexus wants to be clear that all of the knowledge it has garnered from developing and producing the LFA won't be going to waste. A lot of the technology and manufacturing processes, such as advancements made with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), will be used in upcoming Lexus models. The Motomachi team incorporated a lot of woven carbon fibre into the LFA too, even going so far to fabricate carbon fibre A-pillars via a special in-house rotary loom.

LFA technologies will likely be used in special F Sport models, the Lexus brand's performance designation. Lexus has been making more and more F Sport models in the last few years, originally starting with its highly tuned V8-powered IS F Sport, and now even making special F Sport upgrades available on its popular RX crossover SUV.

The IS has yet to incorporate the new Lexus design theme with its unique spindle grille, however. The LFA subtly ushered in that new look, albeit not as boldly as it's in use today. Now Lexus' trademark, it can now be seen on the RX , the full-size LX SUV, the popular midsize ES luxury sedan, the GS sports sedan, and the new flagship LS. Soon the entry-level CT and midsize GX replacement will get the new spindle grille, as will the IS replacement along with other updates similar to Lexus new LF-CC concept car, with an F Sport model likely to follow.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Lexus, 2012, LFA, $99,999+, Supercar,

Organizations: Lexus

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