LFA / Milestones

    • LFA MILESTONES

      FROM IDEA TO ICON

      Scroll through some of the most significant moments in the development of the first world-class supercar from Lexus.

    • 2000

      THE BEGINNING

      Haruhiko Tanahashi assembled a team of passionate engineers to begin work on a project to develop a Lexus supercar.

    • November 2000

      FIRST PROTOTYPE IS HAND-ASSEMBLED

      The engineering team turned designs and blueprints into the first physical representation of the LFA.

    • 2001

      FIRST AERODYNAMIC TESTS

      Using a 1/5-scale model, the LFA team began refining the exterior shape and managing the airflow around the supercar.

    • December 2002

      FIRST ENGINE START

      After years of design and development, the LFA's 4.8-liter V10 engine was brought to life for the first time.

    • May 2003

      ALUMINUM BARE CHASSIS COMPLETED

      For the first time, a vast majority of components that propel the LFA were placed inside a handmade rolling chassis. Although aluminum was used at this time, carbon fiber would make up 65% of the production version of the LFA chassis.

    • 2004

      TESTING BEGINS AT GERMANY'S NÜRBURGRING

      This was a seminal moment in the LFA's evolution. If it performed well at this legendary track, its development would continue. If it disappointed, the project would be shelved.

    • January 2005

      THE FIRST LFA PROTOTYPE IS UNVEILED

      At the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the general public saw the Lexus supercar for the first time. However, the vehicle was only shown as a concept, and there was no official confirmation of production.

    • May 2005

      THE SWITCH TO CARBON FIBER

      In possibly one of the most radical decisions in automotive history, five years into development, LFA Chief Engineer Haruhiku Tanahashi told the LFA team they were abandoning aluminum in favor of lighter, stronger carbon fiber for the vehicle's chassis.

    • April 2006

      DURABILITY AND RELIABILITY TESTED

      As the LFA prototype was subjected to higher levels of performance, its reliability and durability proved unacceptable to Lexus engineers. The challenges they faced would take more than a year to solve.

    • October 2006

      REALITY CHECK

      The high-speed tests at the Nürburgring in 2006 proved to be the low point in the development of the LFA. Many problems were uncovered, and it became very clear just how raw this supercar was.

    • August 2007

      ACHIEVING BALANCE

      In the summer of 2007, Lexus engineers and test drivers went back to the Nürburgring. After resolving numerous reliability and durability issues, it was time to work on the LFA's handling and balance.

    • October 2007

      FINDING THE FEEL

      This session at the Nürburgring was devoted to creating the LFA's emotional feel. With chief test driver Hiromu Naruse providing feedback, small adjustments were made to handling, power delivery and even sound.

    • January 2008

      ROADSTER CONCEPT REVEALED

      Although it would never be built as a production model, this topless concept revealed production details and more specifics about the hardtop LFA than ever before.

    • May 2008

      FIRST RACE AT THE NÜRBURGRING

      An LFA modified for competition entered the Nürburgring 24-hour race and finished 1,750 miles. It also drew more attention than any other vehicle in a paddock full of exotic machinery.

    • October 2009

      PRODUCTION VERSION REVEALED

      Nine years after the start of the project, Akio Toyoda proudly unveiled the production LFA at the Tokyo Motor Show to a hail of camera flashes.

    • October 2009

      PURCHASE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

      Potential customers submitted purchase applications for the opportunity to own one of the 500 LFAs produced.

    • January 2010

      PRODUCTION VERSION IN U.S.

      Though various incarnations had been there before, this was the first time the production version of the LFA had been seen by a North American audience.

    • May 2010

      THE FIRST BIG WIN

      In the spring of 2010, a race-prepared version of the LFA won its class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

    • June 2010

      THE LFA JOINS THE LEXUS BRAND

      In its first commercial appearance for Lexus in North America, the LFA shattered a champagne glass and ushered in a new era of performance for the Lexus brand.

    • December 2010

      PRODUCTION BEGINS

      The first LFA rolled off the assembly line at Motomachi on December 15, 2010. Each of the 500 hand-built examples included a 3,500-page work journal that is kept at Motomachi for future reference.

    • January 2011

      LFA ARRIVES IN NORTH AMERICA

      On January 18 2011, the first production LFA destined for the United States arrived in Long Beach, California. Once it was unloaded from its individual container and removed from its custom pallet, a pre-delivery inspection began.

    • March 2011

      LFA DRIVER DEVELOPMENT

      In order to educate owners of the LFA on the supercar's potential, Lexus North America created the LFA Driver Development school. The first class was held at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California.

    • August 2011

      THE RECORD RUN

      During testing of the LFA Nürburgring Package, test driver Akira Iida set the Nürburgring lap record for a production car on noncompetition tires: 7:14.64

    • January 2012

      THE NÜRBURGRING PACKAGE

      One year into the production of the LFA, the first one equipped with an aggressive Nürburgring Package rolled off the line. More horsepower and a transmission with faster shifts were just a few of the modifications.

    • May 2012

      CLASS WIN AT THE NÜRBURGRING

      The LFA won the SP8 class at Nürburgring 24 Hours and finished 15th overall-its best showing by far.

    • December 2012

      #500

      On December 14, 2012, the last LFA ever produced rolled off the assembly line and out of the Motomachi factory. LFA #500 is Whitest White and equipped with the Nürburgring Package.


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