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LFA

10 years in the pursuit of perfection

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Overseas/prototype models shown.

The inspiration

THE INSPIRATION THE INSPIRATION

DRIVEN BY PASSION DRIVEN BY PASSION

In October 2000, Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi and his team embarked on their greatest engineering challenge yet. Together they have devoted ten years to creating the LFA: a world-class supercar that challenges the finest sports cars ever built.

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A unique approach

A UNIQUE APPROACH, EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS A UNIQUE APPROACH, EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Most vehicles start with the engine, with the rest of the car designed around it. This is not the case with the LFA. In fact, like a Formula 1 car, the supercar's handling was given the highest priority, and the packaging was decided accordingly. The engineering team first considered how they wanted the LFA supercar to feel, how they wanted it to move.

This doesn't mean the engine was neglected. Indeed, the entire powertrain was developed exclusively for the LFA, from the transmission down to the smallest bolt.

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Building a supercar

BUILDING A SUPERCAR BUILDING A SUPERCAR

In their determination to produce a world-class supercar, the team, helped by Yamaha, F1 and Moto GP engineers, manufactured a completely new V10 power plant in the purpose built factory, the LFA Works, in central Japan.

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The Extraordinary way

THE EXTRAORDINARY WAY THE EXTRAORDINARY WAY

The Extraordinary Way utilises unconventional methods to produce uncompromising results. For every Lexus vehicle produced, shortcuts are never taken in the pursuit of excellence, precision is tirelessly pursued, and the future always anticipated.

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Kaizen

KAIZEN AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION KAIZEN AND THE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION

Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning "continuous improvements" and it is this approach to everything that Lexus undertakes which informs the philosophy of "The Pursuit of Perfection".

Kaizen was instrumental in creating the LFA, with the team unafraid to continually rework components of the supercar in their passionate pursuit of perfection.

In 2000, the first LFA prototype used aluminium alloy for its chassis and bodywork. In 2005, the Lexus chief technology officer decided they could do better and issued a directive to use CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastics). It took the team a little by surprise and they expressed some doubts about their ability to effectively use a material they knew little about. Reassured with the words that they "did not have to be tied to a schedule", they started the process of developing and testing the material for use as the body of the world's top supercar.

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The innovative carbon loom

Racetrack Testing

THE NÜRBURGRING RACETRACK TESTING THE NÜRBURGRING RACETRACK TESTING

The LFA started out life as a research and development program, then became a vehicle development program. The overarching theme was to improve on the supercar formula that had been around for years and prove to everyone that Lexus can build cars with passion.

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On the road

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL TRULY EXCEPTIONAL

The LFA is a vehicle that stands apart from all others. Few supercars can achieve speeds of 325km/h and reach 100km/h from a standing start in just 3.7 seconds. There will only ever be 500 LFAs worldwide.

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The sound of euphoria

THE SOUND OF EUPHORIA THE SOUND OF EUPHORIA

Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi and his team fine-tuned the acoustics of the LFA's V10 power plant to deliver a spine-tingling soundtrack, serving as a constant reminder of its supercar performance capabilities.

Lexus engineers worked to create an awe-inspiring sound - from a rumbling idle note to a red-line wail. For a wonderfully deep and balanced note, an equal-length exhaust system has been developed. Working with Yamaha's musical instrument division helped to harness the power of sound as a force to stir the soul.

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Intoxicating V10 power

POWERED BY AN ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE POWERED BY      AN ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE

A newly developed 4.8 litre V10 engine delivers a breathtaking 412kW of power and 480Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful Lexus ever. In fact, because the LFA's engine can rev from idle to 9,000 rpm in just six tenths of a second, a digital rev counter was required as an analogue system simply couldn't keep pace.

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Handling

EXTREME AGILITY EXTREME AGILITY

The LFA is a perfectly balanced supercar, delivering lightning quick responses, much like an extension of your own body.

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Performance

PERFORMANCE THAT IS PURE ADRENALIN PERFORMANCE THAT IS PURE ADRENALIN

AWE-INSPIRING POWER AWE-INSPIRING POWER

At the heart of the LFA is a hand-built V10 engine. This was developed exclusively for the supercar and is capable of delivering an incredible 412kW of power and 480 Nm of torque. As a result of the incredibly strong and ultra-light construction of the LFA, the high-revving engine powers the car from 0 to 100km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 325km/h. In addition, the LFA's V10 engine can rev from idle to 9,000 rpm in just six tenths of a second. With the engine at 9,000 rpm, its ten pistons move at approximately 25 metres a second.

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Aerodynamic design

SCULPTED FOR SPEED SCULPTED FOR SPEED

The LFA's sleek and athletic body is the result of hundreds of hours of wind-tunnel testing and thousands of hours of computer modelling. Extensive airflow diagnostics and engineering have resulted in excellent front and rear downforce distribution, superb high-speed stability and an exotic yet aerodynamic profile.

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Leading-edge finesse

LEADING-EDGE FINESSE LEADING-EDGE FINESSE

The LFA's shape has been carefully sculpted to manage airflow for superb racetrack performance. Lean and muscular, yet at the same time extraordinarily graceful, the LFA combines dynamic styling with deep artistry.

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Interior design

BESPOKE INTERIOR DESIGN BESPOKE INTERIOR DESIGN

METICULOUS COCKPIT DESIGN METICULOUS COCKPIT DESIGN

The interior of the LFA features a geometrical form that highlights the central spine of the car. Meticulously finished, the cockpit is a tribute to the skills of the craftspeople who build it by hand. With the focus firmly on the driver and a highly controlled driving experience, the LFA is the perfect blend of practicality and luxury.

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F Sport features

F SPORT FEATURES F SPORT FEATURES

The LFA began with a thorough list of 500 essential musts and this became the list that all future Lexus vehicles would be measured against. As a result, the F Sport vehicles in the Lexus range have been upgraded with new, LFA-inspired technology, design features and characteristics.

The current F Sport range includes the
CT 200h F Sport, IS 250 F Sport, IS 350 F Sport, IS F,
GS 250 F Sport, GS 350 F Sport, GS 450h F Sport,
RX 350 F Sport , RX 450h F Sport , LS 460 F Sport and
LS 600h F Sport.

 

Engineering Specifications

Engine type
1LR-GUE
No. Cyls & Arrangement
10-cylinders, 72 degree V-type
Valve mechanism
40 titanium valves, DOHC per bank, finger follower
Bore x Stroke (mm)
88x79
Displacement (cm3)
4805
Fuel System
EFI
Research Octane Number
Min.95
Max. output, k (hp) @ rpm DIN
412 (560) @ 8700
Max Torque, Nm @ rpm
480 @ 7000
Maximum engine speed (rpm)
9000
Emissions level
EURO V
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Footnotes

*LFA Nürburgring Package
**Includes electric seats, satellite navigation, air conditioning and Mark Levinson® audio system