This coming week is LFA Week. From Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, TTAC will run a five-part series documenting the production of the Lexus LFA. Readers of TTAC will receive unprecedented access to the LFA Works in Motomachi. You will receive a behind-the-scene look, exclusive, never before published proprietary pictures, and a glimpse into the future. Here is a preview:
This is not one of those “sponsored content” promotions. It would be silly: The production of the LFA is limited to 500, all are spoken for. Even if you would pay the $375,000 the car costs, you would be turned down. (There’s always eBay.) When this year ends, the production of the LFA will end with it.
During LFA Week, LFA Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi and his deputy Chiharu Tamura will show you how the LFA is made, from the first strips of carbon fiber to the test drive. You will see the mysterious circular loom up-close, and you will see what is made in that loom. You will get a peek into Tanahashi’s diary. You will go on the track with test driver Nobuaki Amano.
Tuesday, July 10: In The Clean Room. We don protective clothing, we get vacuumed from top to bottom and enter the clean room where the LFA is made from the strongest and most expensive type of carbon fiber available.
Wednesday, July 11: Call Me Names. During a short bus ride, Chief Engineer Tanahashi tells how the LFA really got its name and what LFA really means. Also: What the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and the Lexus LFA have in common (a muffler.)
Thursday, July 12: Balance Of Power. We watch the V10 engine go into the LFA, we hear about balance, and we show you how 50 years from now, the history of each of the 500 LFAs can be traced to two little rooms in Motomachi.