Student’s futuristic LF-LA design attracts attention of Lexus

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2016

The Lexus LFA is a two-seater sports car that was first sighted at the North American International Auto Show. In the early 2000s, it began its developmental stages but has since been stuck in that stage for nearly a decade already. It is a waste that production for this car has been put on hold because the LFA holds so much potential as a badass performance car. It has even garnered a steady and passionate fan base due to its looks that spell “surefire future classic”. Now thanks to Californian design student Yang Sun, Lexus LFA fans have been given a bit of a treat with the LFA’s successor.

The young designer uploaded his version of the LFA successor on his Behance before sharing it to the rest of the world. The stunning angular coupe is unofficially called the LF-LA, where LA stands for Los Angeles where Yang Sun is currently based and has nothing to do with the 552 horsepower 4.8-liter V10 beast that competed against the Ferrari 458. The LF-LA concept car is a combination of the Lexus LF-LC and LFA, thus a few similarities on them.

However, Sun’s main inspiration for the sleek, flowing, streamlined shape and smooth bodywork creases on the LF-LA are in fact seashells. Yes, you read that right. These sea dwelling creatures are the main ingredients to this magnificent creation. It is a combination of the popular “Lexus character” and the simple yet elegant forms found in shells. Lexus is Sun’s favorite brand and because of his fascination for the beautiful and intricate designs found in shells, he was inspired to create a vehicle that would exude the perfect harmony of brand identity and natural form. He got inspiration on different cone shapes and focused on the flowing seashell-esque details and structures on the car’s roof and midsection. Sun is happy with the result but is still doing some few extra touches. He describes his work of art as a “radical and unique” kind of styling as was first emanated by the first LFA concept car.

The LF-LA also comes with a big front grille and some massive ornate alloys, a sculpted front splitter and some air cooling grooves behind the doors similar to the “fins” on the Audi R8. It also has some aggressiveness going on its rear diffuser and rear spoiler, adding to the already sleek but malevolent look of the car. Adding to its futuristic Tron-like features, the concept car does not come with wing mirrors. We haven’t seen the interior of the LF-LA but we bet it’s going to be one heck of a fastforward to the future.

Luckily for Yang Sun, Lexus’ PR team noticed his wonderful creation which was then promoted on Lexus’ official website. His LF-LA has made quite an impression to the top people in Lexus. Unfortunately, the LF-LA is not an official project but we’re betting that there are a lot of people out there who are wishing that someday Lexus reconsiders and takes the fabulous LF-LA to bask under the California sun.

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