2004 Lexus LF-C Concept
surprise is provided by stylists from the Calty Design Research Center
in the form of a 4-position retractable hardtop in the LF-C. The unique
hardtop design allows the car to transform itself at the touch of a
button from a coupe to a convertible, to a targa or to a speedster,
depending on the driver's mood. The powered top stows neatly into the
trunk through a surprisingly minimal rear-deck opening.
A large rear wheel drive platform utilizes a high-output, front-mounted V8 engine with a six-speed sequential automatic transmission as the basis and motivating force for the LF-C. With an expanded wheelbase of 129.5mm, the LF-C is only slightly longer overall than the current IS. Significantly, the LF-C sits about 50.8mm lower and is nearly 127mm wider than the current IS. The broad stance and short overhangs strike an aggressive pose with ample dimensions to comfortably accommodate four adult passengers.
"We used a combination of convex and concave surfaces to control the balance of light and shadow on the car which creates this beautiful contrast of having sharp lines within the sculpted exterior surfaces," said Kevin Hunter, vice president of Calty Design Research, Inc. "The idea was to create a sense of strength and softness at the same time, adding an air of mystery."
Calty used long, integrated lines to simplify the overall form of the LF-C. The distinctive roof rail tapers as it moves forward from the rear, mimicking the sculpted theme of the main body. The extreme tapering of the main body shape from front to rear, which is then wrapped and interlocked by the rear fenders, is designed to show strength and power from every angle.