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Lexus's New Non-Green LFA Supercar makes it's Debut

LFA supercar large icThe all new Lexus LFA supercar is not a hybrid, electric drive , fuel cell or even a flex-fuel vehicle. In fact its 4.8 L V10 internal combustion engine generates 552 hp and produces large amounts of CO2.   So why I am writing about it on GreenCar Magazine? Why would we highlight a limited production handmade vehicle that generates 354 lb-ft of non-green torque and can reach a top speed of 202 mph? The answer is that in order to obtain this level of performance Lexus has incorporated some materials innovations that when applied to an EV design will yield greener returns.

The LFA supercar boasts Motorsport-developed lightweight aluminum alloy suspension components which are complemented by Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake discs and an innovative electrically assisted rack and pinion steering system.

The Lexus LFA features advanced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) construction for its chassis and much of its bodywork to deliver a light, incredibly strong and impact-resistant structure. Rather than outsource this sophisticated materials technology, the LFA team took the radical step of developing its own CFRP processes internally for ultimate quality control and to make a sound engineering investment in the future.

lexus-lf-a-supercar-_460x0wI am looking forward to seeing these cutting edge materials and component innovations applied to future hybrid or electric vehicles. Lighter weight and sportier control should mean a greener vehicle that travels farther on its battery and is even more fun to drive . So what are you waiting for Lexus drop an electric drive-train into this baby and lets see the sparks fly.

The highly anticipated LFA supercar, which just made its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, will be on display for the first time in North America at two back-to-back premier venues — the 2009 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas this November and the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show in December.

Next year, Lexus will show the LFA at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chicago Auto Show, Dallas Auto Show and New York International Auto Show

All 500 LFA supercars will be hand-assembled by skilled technicians in the “Lexus LFA Works” at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City at a rate of no more than 20 per month.

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1 comment to Lexus’s New Non-Green LFA Supercar makes it’s Debut

  • JL Mealer

    I look forward to competing with Lexus within our first line up of vehicles. We can do a limited edition Super Car as well…. This is exciting.

    JL Mealer
    Mealer Companies LLC
    America’s Next Major Automaker
    & 100% Self-Regenerative-Fueled
    High Capacity Electricity Producing Device MFG

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