When it set its sights on the supercar market in 2010, the Toyota brand was looking for a suitable flagship to carry the torch for its Lexus division. The Japanese carmaker had not made haste over this decision: the new sports car had been a concept, appearing at car shows worldwide, for nearly a decade,. When it did eventually hit the streets in 2010, it was clear that a new benchmark had been set.
The LFA is Lexus’ answer to the services of the Nissan GTR. It is a technological wonder: constructed of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, and featuring a newly designed Toyota V10, the Lexus flagship sports car features performance numbers which compete with anything on the market. The lightweight construction of the new V10 meant it was capable of revving up to 9500rmp, which occurs faster than an analog tachometer could keep up, necessitating a digital readout. The engine uses a dry sump oil pump, in order to ensure the engine doesn’t suffer from oil starvation due to the forces of hard cornering. It also came with an adequately impressive price tag.
But the real standout aspect of the car was its attention to detail. The Lexus team, with no shortage of well-received projects behind them, were dead set on making sure that their first effort in the true performance category did not let them down. One-piece aluminium pedals. Crafted side mirrors to funnel air to the rear spoiler. Even the wiper fluid reservoir was intentionally placed as low as possible and amidships, to keep the center of gravity low. The LFA is a remarkable feat, a testament to the Japanese notion of ‘kaizen’, meaning to constantly improve.
And ten years is a lot of time for something to be continuously improved. Should your Lexus LFA need some service, your experts at Linea Rossa will be glad to help out.