The results are in. There is a winner in the Where Am I Contest: After careful photoanalysis, TTAC’s independent and impartial one man jury declares PaulMorgan the winner of the Where Am I contest. Here is the post-game analysis:
The Best & Brightest have been super bright, and quickly narrowed-down the target area as Toyota’s Motomachi plant. Somewhere in this plant, 170 men and women work on Toyota’s future. They make the Lexus LFA supercar, by hand. Their true mission is to develop the carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) technology for use in lightweight, high strength car bodies that can be made at reasonable cost in large quantities.
TTAC received unprecedented access to the LFA Workshop. In a 5-part series, LFA Chief Engineer Haruhiko Tanahashi and his crew will guide you through the 10 year history of the LFA, and will show you how CFRP can change the way future cars will be built. This series will be accompanied by never before published pictures that show the technology in extraordinary detail. This series will run from July 9th through July 13th. Mere mortals had to pay $375,000 to get access, along with an LFA. Journalists were not invited to the running series production. In a TTAC exclusive, you will see what is behind the door of the LFA Workshop.
The series begins at that door of the LFA Workshop, and the door was the ultimate target of the Where Am I Contest.
The final guesses were so precise that the winner could only be determined with the help of Google Earth. LennyZ had the right idea and actually could see the door, 73.85 meters away from his final position at 35° 4’26.59″N and 137° 7’48.00″E.
However, around the corner lurked PaulMorgan at 35° 4’29.64″N and 137° 7’48.56″E, which Google Earth shows as 61.89 meters from the target, beating LennyZ by a mere 11.96 meters. Congratulations, Paul. Tell us where to ship the iPad. You deserve it.
One for the CFRP making. One for painting and final assembly. The door in question happens to be in front of the painting and final assembly part, and not where the CFRP is being made. Sharp thinking on the part of juicy sushi, buddhaflow, Peerson, Mandalorian, MitchW et al. But as I said, sorry, wrong building.
I am sorry that Autointell.com did lead some astray. Their map of Motomachi is utterly wrong. Goes to show that one simply can’t believe anything anymore on the Internet. Above is the real and official map, with some stations of our inspection tour of the LFA workshop marked.
Congratulations to PaulMorgan!
All hail MitchW!
Praise for all who dropped pins in the general vicinity of Motomachi!
And stay tuned for The Making Of The Lexus LFA Supercar – a five part series. From July 9th through July 13th. Here, at TTAC.