Lexus builds final LFA supercar

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• Last LFA produced on December 14, 2012
• Learning from LFA engineering and production influencing new Lexus
• 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
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