APR 28, 2017
The Lexus RC is loaded with exciting design details, but few are as impressive as the vehicle’s dynamic rear lamp
Last year, when Lexus unleashed the RC, a technologically progressive luxury coupe, auto industry commentators began referring to the brand as a revitalized force. “We meant for the coupe to be alluring,” says Eiichi Kusama, the car’s chief engineer, “so the design is both enthralling and sexy.” Kusama recalls one journalist who suggested that the RC’s agile chassis was comparable to those of vehicles sold in a much higher price bracket, an opinion with which Kusama agrees. To him, the car’s design exceeds all expectations.
The list of RC design highlights includes an aero-stabilizing fin, an exaggerated swell from rear wheel arch to rear bumper and the rear bumper itself, shaped to split the flow of air effectively toward the back of the car, to better increase maneuverability. But the car’s rear lamp – shaped in the Lexus L motif – is of particular note. Technically advanced and visually attractive, the lamp is one of the vehicle’s several design highlights. Here, we introduce the element’s key concepts, parts, engineering progressions and benefits.
The RC’s rear tail lamp comprises various parts: a backup light, rear signal lights, LED tail and brake lights, aero stabilizing fins and a rear fog lamp. The LED brake light is worthy of specific attention. On models without rear fog lights, the brake light function is available on the side of the rear light (see above) to ensure the product is visible from other vehicles at all times.