For the vast majority of us, the Lexus LFA is, was and always will be pure unobtanium. Love it or hate it, the $375,000 supercar is an example of what an automaker can do with a blank sheet of paper, an unlimited budget and an engineering staff that’s unwilling to compromise about any aspect of the program. Maybe because of it’s price or it’s rarity, it’s hard to get worked up about news relating to the LFA. It’s unlikely that Lexus will build a follow-up model, and most of us will never get a turn behind the wheel of one, so what’s the point?
The point, actually, is the technology that’s trickled down from the LFA program. Work on the LFA caused Lexus to rethink how they design and build cars, it’s given birth to the Lexus IS-F and the F-Sport suspension packages and it’s caused a luxury car maker to re-examine the need for performance as well as comfort. In that light, the Lexus LFA is a hit and a milestone car for Lexus, even if it never earns a profit for Toyota.
The video below, found on AutoWeek, will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Lexus LFA. Even if you’re not a fan of the car, the video gives you a good idea of what goes into designing a new Lexus model.