The LFA is a watershed point for Lexus – its global debut marked the spectacular arrival of a new flagship for the F portfolio of Lexus performance models. The creation of an exclusive and highly focused band of performance-oriented engineers, the LFA represents the distillation of their passion, engineering genius and pride. In an ever-increasing market place it is, unsurprisingly, unique - a Lexus that single-handedly created new boundaries to redefine the Japanese supercar for the 21st century.

“From the very beginning of automobile history, supercars have represented dreams, hopes and aspirations,” explains Haruhiko Tanahashi, chief engineer of the LFA’s development programme. “For Lexus, a brand that aims to provide customers enlightened moments and memorable experiences, the development of a world-class supercar was an indispensable next step”. 

That indispensable next step centred on the creation of a supercar that would deliver the supreme driving experience. To achieve this uncompromising goal, Tanahashi-san and his team created the LFA from scratch – a true clean-sheet design. And in a radical departure from standard Lexus development practice, they approached the LFA from a non-traditional angle, pushing their technological, material and engineering boundaries at every step.

Lightweight, powerful and balanced, the Lexus features advanced Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) construction for its chassis and bodywork to deliver a light, incredibly strong and impact-resistant structure. Rather than out-source this sophisticated materials technology, in a radical move, the LFA team developed its own CFRP processes internally for ultimate quality control and to make a sound engineering investment in the future. 

“The LFA is a thoroughbred supercar, a machine engineered to achieve one single goal – to deliver a supreme driving experience,” explains Tanahashi-san. “Over the past decade we have pushed every boundary in the pursuit of this goal. I believe that we have created the most driver-oriented car we possibly could.”

Now, pushing the bounderies even further, Lexus is offering the Nürburgring package to a maximum 50 of the 500 customers that have ordered the LFA. Its production started in 2012. 

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