We’ve implemented design features in the LF-C2 concept coupe that demonstrate the seamlessness between the car interior and the outside world
“We took the LF-C2 to the extreme,” says Yasuo Kajino, group manager of the design division at Lexus and the man behind the firm’s latest concept coupe.
Designed as an experimental concept, the LF-C2 caused a stir when it was unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show in November 2014, not least for its eye-catching color – a striking shade of yellow that changes with the light.
It was not an easy color to play with, but it was a strategic choice by the Lexus team. “We all agreed that using yellow was a must, because the color resonated with the emotional value of Lexus,” explains Kajino.
To achieve the exact shade took time and lots of experimentation. The Lexus team used a number of paint layers, including a silver base layer that they invented. It’s this that gives the LF-C2 its dazzling shine. “It has definitely breathed life into this vehicle,” says a beaming Kajino.
Underneath this striking exterior, the concept car is beautifully crafted in the Lexus tradition. But the LF-C2 concept coupe was a unique opportunity for Lexus to showcase a bold, unrestrained side to its design language. “This car was a design study,” says Kajino. “We experimented with the overall profile of the car as a sporty roadster coupe. Then we moved on to details that strengthened the emotional brand image of Lexus.”
The daring design is a treat for the senses. When viewed from the side, the body has a distinctive, sculptural chassis that resembles an arrow. The sleek, finlike shape of the rear diffusers and underbody, together with the tightly knitted, five-spoke wheels, add to the sporty feel.
But it’s the details that set this concept vehicle apart. At the back, the triangular rear lights subtly reference the Lexus logo. At the front, the signature spindle grille is reshaped into a braided mesh that dramatically fans out at the bottom to emphasize the dynamic appearance of the vehicle’s snout.
The interior cabin combines space, comfort and advanced technology, with a slick instrument cluster and intuitive screens controlled by a central console. Surrounded by LED lighting, including a strip running along the length of the interior below the windows, the driver can enjoy a personal in-car light show while snugly cocooned inside the cockpit.
“We’ve implemented design features that demonstrate the seamlessness between the car interior and the outside world,” says Kajino. “If you look at the rear, the trunk lid in the back merges into the center console and runs toward the front as one sheet of yellow metal, blurring the border between the interior and exterior.”
With its bold looks, this majestic, 4.7-meter-long concept car is a multisensory driving experience that is going to attract some serious attention.