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17/12/2012 1019

Lexus rolls out the last LFA

 

Lexus has issued the following press release:

 

500TH AND LAST LFA LEAVING THE PLANT

- Last LFA produced on December 14, 2012

- Learning from LFA engineering and production influencing new Lexus products

- In-house production of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) components for know-how gain to be used in future products

Brussels, Belgium - On December 14, a white LFA Nürburgring Package, the last of the 500 planned LFA supercars, left TMC’s dedicated production facility at the Motomachi Plant, Aichi Prefecture.

 This marks the end of a key chapter for Lexus, one in which people's perceptions and understanding of the brand have been challenged, and perhaps changed forever.

 The learning and passion gained from engineering and producing a world-class supercar can already be seen in the products recently launched by Lexus - across the whole range, not just those carrying the F Sport badge.

 In that sense, the spirit of the LFA will live on; it will be fondly remembered for being the car that marked the start of significant change for the Lexus brand.

The development of the supercar started from a blank sheet of paper. CFRP was used for a significant percentage of the vehicle’s components, taking benefit of the material’s exceptional strength, rigidity and light weight to achieve a breakthrough in supercar manufacturing. CFRP production took place in-house in order to gain valuable know-how to be used in future products.

 ‘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.’

 Production at LFA Works started exactly two years ago, on December 15, 2010, and included a team of around 170 hand-picked takumi workers involved in parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly and painting. The high performance LFA was produced at the rate of just one unit per day.

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