The Lexus LF-C2 concept made
its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19, 2014. The
LF-C2 concept is a design study in the form of a 2+2 roadster and explores key
styling themes involved in the Lexus brand’s future, bolder styling direction.
The LF-C2 is also a luxury Grand Touring concept inspired by the brand’s
passion for driving.
"The LF-C2 concept shows
what’s in store for our brand’s future design direction,” said Jeff Bracken,
Lexus group vice president and general manager, adding that “This concept shows
consumers around the world Lexus’ devotion to emotional designs as well as our
passion for an exceptional driving experience.”
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, while enjoying the car’s performance characteristics on
their favourite twisty road. As a roadster concept, the LF-C2 concept does not
have any kind of top covering the cabin.
According to a press release,
the exterior styling of the LF-C2 was influenced by the way various surface
shapes interact with different types of light. Designers created edges, planes
and curvature that would allow the LF-C2 to exude a different character when
seen from different angles and under different lighting conditions. This
objective when combined with Lexus’ layered paint process results in a striking
and progressive interpretation of an open top luxury GT.
The brilliant, golden yellow
is produced by a multi-layer paint process. The first coat is a primer,
followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects off the silver
to give the brilliant luster. 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. “When you put
something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.”
The front fascia of the LF-C2
is highlighted by a more experimental expression of Lexus’ signature
spindle-shaped grille. The concept’s grille features a refined braided mesh
theme that exemplifies Lexus’ high level of craftsmanship and changes its
appearance when viewed from different angles and lighting conditions. It sits
between triangle-shaped LED headlights, a signature element of Lexus sports
cars, and stylish indicator lamps that initiate the character line of the
LF-C2. The character line sweeps through the car’s arrow-shaped body and ends
at the abbreviated rear deck. Vents in the front bumper send cool air to the
brakes as well as help manage airflow through the body to help keep the front
end stable at high speed.
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