To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the F -Performance moniker, Lexus revealed a special-edition LFA at the Total 24 Hours of Spa endurance race this weekend.
The LFA is an exquisite thing to behold – bold and outlandish it represents one of the last naturally aspirated supercars of its generation. It’s only fitting then that the Japanese automaker chose this particular model for Portuguese conceptual artist Pedro Henriques to use a blank canvas.
While simple in appearance, the black-on-white graphical pattern accentuates the car’s lines by creating the sensation of movement. According to Henriques his inspiration stems from the ever-present fluidity of contemporary life – where everything we encounter is in a constant state of flux.
“The lines in the drawings follow this feeling of going everywhere and never stopping; a progressive life,” said Henriques. “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."
Apart from its bespoke livery the LFA follows very much the same visual recipe as that of the Nürburgring-edition LFA, distinguishable by its rear wing, front splitter and canards. While the final product does look particularly striking, we feel the artist could have injected it with more kerbside drama to further validate its credentials; the LFA is after all one of the foremost supercars of its generation.
In South Africa the Lexus LFA is somewhat of a unicorn – only three examples were ever brought to the country.