Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept; Amazing Fuel Cell Sport car
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Fuel cell, electric, hybrid or petrol, the crossover concept presented at the American Fair by the Toyota Group’s luxury brand offers the choice between several types of engines.
The alternative diesel or petrol seems to be over. Lexus, with the concept car Lexus LF-1 Limitless, that it just presented at the Detroit Show, now offers the choice between five different types of engines: fuel cell, hybrid, rechargeable hybrid, electricity, or petrol. Diesel is however absent from this panel. Logic: This large crossover of 5.01 m long will be primarily destined for the American and Chinese markets.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Design
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless was drawn from the United States, Southern California, to the Caity Design Research. It’s “simple and elegant” aesthetic, according to Lexus, is derived from a concept called molten katana. “This vision of design achieves the synthesis between the organic forms of the molten metal and the sharp edges of the traditional Japanese sabre,” explains the builder. Concretely, the result, daring, is in the current stylistic trend of the production of the Japanese manufacturer and even of Toyota (see CH-R), the mother house of Lexus. The body looks trimmed with a precision serp. It is perched on imposing 22-inch diameter rims. And, indeed, the ends of the front wings are protruding like the edges of a sword. The large trapezoidal grille, already found on the recent LS 500h, abandons the chrome for an entourage formed by an LED lighting that illuminates to accommodate the driver. The rear, with a much more softened style, proves more conventional and quite successful.
For the interior, Lexus invokes the Japanese tradition of Omotenashi (or hospitality), reputed to welcome all guests with the same generosity. The cockpit is characterized by a quasi-deletion of buttons in favor of motion-activated controls. The display of information, minimalist, is projected in the field of view of the driver. Very open, the cockpit offers plenty of room for the front passenger. The interior, metallic finish is in correspondence with certain parts of the exterior.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Driver Control
At the wheel, a “driver” mode ensures hands-free driving. The direction, braking, acceleration, lighting and signaling are controlled by “by wire” (without physical linkage) and can thus be easily managed by a computer. For those who would have the idea, the pallets mounted on either side of the steering wheel control a manual mode in order to gain access to a “sporty” ride. The 4d navigation system sees its performance increased by adding the time factor in the guiding function. Premium obliges, it has a concierge service that the driver can program. Navigation and travel information are displayed not only on the dashboard-integrated monitor but also on the rear-seat entertainment screens, which can even be relayed to the tablets and smartphones of Passengers.