Lexus Foothold: Meet the duo behind the LC and learn about in-car acoustics.

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LEXUS LIFE For full details of all Lexus models and to find a dealer near you, go to www.lexus.co.za. Share your Lexus ownership experience by emailing toyotazone@ramsaymedia.co.za. THE LC DESIGN TEAM It went from a visionary concept to an amazing road-going car. The team behind the grand LC coupé due in SA early next year share their insights. looking car. They had the same goal and worked together to achieve some amazingly imaginative solutions. “Every feature on the LC is the result of an integrated approach. The team worked together, to create a great car,” Sato said of the result. Everything presented a challenge: how to keep a low roof, but keep the cabin comfortable; how to fit the car with 21- inch wheels, but have a low bonnet. Many new technologies have been applied to the new LC, but the team are more proud of some. “Obviously there are elements such as the carbon fibre and aluminium door construction, the introduction of Lexus Safety System+ and the new Remote Touch interface,” says Sato.” The LC also has a shift-by-wire system, which is a first for Lexus.” L exus Chief Designer Tadao Mori and Chief Engineer Koji Sato shared the challenges their teams faced during the development of the new Lexus luxury coupé, the LC. This grand coupé was a sensational hit when it was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show earlier in the year, breaking the rule that production cars can never be as radical as their original design prototypes. ABOVE : The LC production car is a close replica of the LF-LC concept. Says Sato, “You might think the LC project simply involved turning the LF-LC concept into a road car, but it was far more complex than that. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) President Akio Toyoda loved the original LF-LC design, but knew that it was a great challenge for us, possibly the greatest challenge since Lexus created the original LS”. As an engineer, he wanted the car to have great performance, while Chief Designer Tadao Mori wanted a great


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