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Lexus Kinetic Seat

Set to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show this weekend, the Lexus Kinetic Seat Concept features an innovative fiber net construction, rotational seat cushion and back rest movements, along with a a flexible spider web-pattern for optimal support. The rotational seat cushion and back rest enables both sections to move kinetically with the occupant's weight / external forces, thus stabilizing head movement caused by vehicle motion and keeping your field of vision steady. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the amazing technical mastery of Formula One drivers.

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Lexus Cardboard Origami Car

Lexus says that the skilled man and women (known as Takumi) who work on the production lines hone their dexterity skills by folding origami models using their non-dominant hand. To show their level of talent, Lexus commissioned their best workers to build a functional Origami Car. That's right, this paper car has everything a regular vehicle would, including functioning doors, headlights, and rolling wheels. The electric motor mounted on its steel and aluminum frame enables on to drive it around, albeit not on real roads. Continue reading for a making of video, more pictures and additional information.

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Lexus Hoverboard

Lexus has just released a new video teasing their SLIDE Hoverboard, saying that it's like "floating on air". This device flies using magnetic levitation, which relies on high-powered magnets and semiconductors, both of which are cooled by liquid nitrogen. Why did they create this hoverboard? Well, the company says it's working on bringing this technology to its cars. Continue reading for the video (plus the original) and more information.

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Lexus SLIDE Hoverboard

Yet another real-life hoverboard has been unveiled, and this time, it's the Lexus SLIDE. In a newly released video by the company, SLIDE seems to be levitating in a skate park, which suggests the flooring is made of concrete. A company representative says: "The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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Lexus LF-SA

We have seen the future of ultra compacts, and it includes the Lexus LF-SA (Lexus Future-Small Adventure). This concept not only has a body that Lexus says will "change perceptions when viewed from different angles," but an infotainment system on the inside includes a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument binnacle and a wide-angle head-up display. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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This Lexus LF-LC in electric blue is the company's most powerful hybrid yet, sporting an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive that's rated at 500 horsepower. Plus, it boasts an advanced smart battery pack and lots of carbon fiber. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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According to Toyota, the Lexus LF-LC's "design was 'crafted from a clean sheet of paper,' and it "blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine." No word yet pricing and availability. Click here for more pictures. In related news, continue reading to see a Lexus LF-A battle a 2012 Nissan GT-R at Nurburgring.

We've suggested that the LF-LC could be a Lexus LS-based coupe to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SL and BMW 6 Series, but we won't know exactly what's in store until the concept car is revealed next month.
[via Autoblog]

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Toyota's Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package has officially set a new Nurburgring world record by completing the circuit in just 7-minutes, 14-seconds. Unfortunately, only 50-examples of this track monster will be built. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

The differences on this limited, limited-edition car can be found in the added aero bits, track-tuned suspension, custom wheels and an extra 11 horsepower. That extra oomph brings total power up to 563 horses, compared to the "standard" car's 552.
[via Autoblog]

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The all-new 2012 Lexus LFA is a pure eye candy, so much so that Toyota has just released a new commercial in the US dedicated to it. Just to recap, this supercar features carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body and is powered by a V10 engine. It will go on sale next year priced at $375,000USD. Video after the break.

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The Lexus GX 460 is yet another Toyota vehicle that you shouldn't buy, says Consumer Reports' cars division. The magazine "said that it testing staff found that 'when pushed to its limits on a handling course' on the magazine's test track, the rear of the Lexus GX 'slid out until the vehicle was almost sideways' before the vehicles electronic stability control system was able to regain control." Video after the break.

[via LATimes]

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