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It may have been released six years ago, but the iconic Lexus LFA remains one the most technologically advanced supercars out there. We take a trip to Bentley Manchester to explore this incredible car further.
The story behind the Lexus LFA is quite an interesting one. Originally starting as nothing more than a study back in 2001, this iconic supercar saw Lexus embark on a 10 year research and development programme before the final car was eventually revealed. Utilising technology from Formula One, lightweight body components and Lexus’ undying eye for detail, the LFA remains one of the most advanced supercars ever produced.
The beating heart of the LFA is a Formula One inspired 4.8litre V10 that creates 552bhp, this takes the LFA from 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and then on to over 200mph. As saving weight was the order of the day with the LFA, Lexus engineers somehow managed to create a V10 block that was the same size as a V8 and weighed the same as a V6 – when you dive deep into the LFA’s details, you can start to see why it took Lexus ten years.
Revving to 9000rpm, the F1 inspired engine is actually too fast for a conventional analogue revometer to keep up. As such, Lexus instead opted for a digital dial that physically moves from side-to-side within the instrument cluster and offers the driver control over the cars performance settings. The noise that this outrageous engine makes as it revs to 9000 is one of the most distinctive engine noises ever created. Demonstrating an ability to make sounds that were seldom heard outside of a race track; the LFA’s noise quickly became a thing of legend after its release.
Boasting weight distribution of 48:52, it is evident that tireless effort was put into keeping the weight of the LFA down, with everything that created weight being positioned in the best place possible – even the washer fluid bottle is kept low in the centre of the car. The body of the LFA was originally going to be made using aluminium but further R&D eventually saw Lexus return to square one and develop a carbon fibre reinforced plastic body – subsequently saving 100kg and making the LFA 4 times stiffer.
Ensuring that the driver can make the most of the lightweight construction and monstrous power, Lexus took aerodynamic inspiration from Formula One. On the nose, the iconic gap feeds air into the engine and then out through purposely designed slats on the top of the bonnet. Heading down the flanks, every curve has been designed to send air to the correct places; the wing mirrors feeding air into the rear vents. At the rear of the LFA a speed controlled rear spoiler adds downforce whilst the diffuser channels air from the F1 inspired, totally flat, underside.
Written by Dan Jones | 05.05.16
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