If you ever wondered how serious Lexus is about making cars that are much beyond just exceptional, take a look at their latest concept, the LF-C2. Approach it and the grille will draw your attention first. Pass that and you’ll still spend a lot of time in amazement. The result would most likely be, you end up making a wish to own that someday! The latest Lexus LF-C2 roadster, unveiled a few days ago at the Los Angeles auto show was influenced by the way various surface shapes interact with different types of light. Designers created edges, planes and curvature in ways that allow the LF-C2 to exude a different character when seen from different angles—and under different lighting conditions.
That brilliant, golden yellow is produced by a multi-layer paint process. The first coat is a primer, followed by silver, a clear coat and then a yellow that reflects off the silver to deliver a brilliant lustre. A final top coat is then applied.
“We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light,” said Yasuo Kajino, Chief Designer LF-C2, Lexus Design Division.
The LF-C2 concept involves a highly styled 2+2 layout and is derived from a pure and simple sports coupe idea. Its open-air design allows the driver and passengers to feel the wind through their hair at all times—there is no top covering the cabin. Inside, the LF-C2’s interior designers opted to install a balanced atmosphere of power and simplicity that harmonizes with our primary senses.
The dashboard design is designed for functional simplicity with an attractive-yet-straightforward instrument cluster, a central video monitor controlled by a Remote Touchpad on the centre console, and a classically styled analogue clock placed between the central air vents.
The thick leather-wrapped steering wheel implies that this is a driver’s car, as do the form-fitting seats.
White-and-gray leather surfaces are soft to the touch while LED lights run along the length of the interior below the windows. The inviting cabin of the LF-C2 blends the open-air excitement that results from an eye-catching roadster with a heavy dose of Lexus luxury.
Lexus is constantly looking to the future, driven by innovation. The process to create a Lexus vehicle is unique within the automotive industry. Taking inspiration from fields as diverse as the fashion industry, architecture, the arts and medicine, each vehicle is painstakingly crafted to meet Lexus’ exacting standards.