Lexus made the last LFA more than six and a half years ago. So we wouldn’t expect to see much about it in the news these days, save for noteworthy examples coming up for sale, or the prospect of a successor. But this is neither.
What we have here is an LFA Art Car, uniquely decorated by Portuguese artist Pedro Henriques. It wears a special organic pattern, rendered in black in high contrast against the white bodywork. Though the design renderings look to have been overlaid on a standard LFA, the finished product appears to be based on one equipped with the exclusive Nürburgring package.
Otherwise it’s ostensibly the same as any of the other 499 examples of the discontinued supercar, right down to the rev-happy 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine in the nose, sending its 552 hp (412 kW) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels through an old-school six-speed manual transmission.
“My inspiration for this livery was the idea of fluidity present in the contemporary life, where things are in constant movement and it’s hard to freeze anything, Pedro explains. The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life. I wanted to reach an organic feeling by using handmade material and liquid lines in the elements spread through the car. By doing this I hope to express a feeling where the car becomes a less defined shape, in constant mutation in its movement.”
The Japanese automaker is preparing to showcase the unique art car – a realm typically embraced by rival BMW – at the 24 Hours of Spa this weekend, where the Emil Frey Lexus Racing Team will be fielding a pair of RC F GT3s.