Lexus LFA remains one of the most interesting supercars out there, but it appears that the Japanese carmaker is already planning a successor. According to a Lexus engineer, a new Japanese supercar that will replace the LFA will be based on the LF-LC Concept, that was unveiled back in 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Haruhiko Tanahashi a.k.a. the engineer who masterminded the LFA, hinted that a new Lexus halo model is already being developed. In a recent interview with Autocar, Tanahashi said that he has high expectation from the car that will be launched. Moreover, he is hoping that Lexus will build the LF-LC as most of the Lexus concept cars have been turned into production cars.
If built, the new supercar will be available at a lower price than the LFA and will sit above the RC Coupe. Lexus’ international boss, Mark Templin, also confirmed the new halo sports car but also a new lineup of F-badged models that will come sooner. At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Lexus will debut the RC F Coupe, that uses a 5.0-liter V8 engine. A GS F is also expected.
The Lexus LFA is characterized by lines flowing from the roof to sill while running across convex and concave surfaces. These lines help accentuate the car’s front-mid engine layout, short overhangs and long wheelbase as well as its low-slung cabin and sophisticated aerodynamics. Designers had more than enough freedom to sculpt the LFA as wished thanks to the employment of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) – known for their low weight and high strength – as sheet covering.
As expected, the styling of the new LFA stays faithful to the L-finesse design language that currently governs how current Lexus models look. This design idiom adheres to the philosophy of form following function, as evident on the several air intakes and aerodynamic elements. Even the mirrors are shaped according to this philosophy as they help guide air over the LFA’s shoulders into the rear intakes.
As penned, the car’s low-slung cabin is divided into three zones: the mechanical, human and driving zones. The mechanical zone includes the LFA’s skeleton while the human zone refers to the two seats that accommodate the car’s occupants. The driving zone, meanwhile, includes high-tech instrumentation that connects the driver to the machine.