Lexus goes aeronautical with LC Coupe special edition

INSPIRED by the world of aviation and aeronautical engineering, the next special edition in the Lexus LC Inspiration Series is now available to order in Australia, with the new variant continuing to pursue even higher standards of Takumi craftsmanship.

Leveraging the expertise gained with the application of carbon fibre in the hallowed LFA supercar and racetrack-focused RC F Track Edition, the exclusive centrepiece of the latest LC Inspiration Series is its fixed rear wing, made of hollow carbon construction.

Delivering an intricate appearance with the carbon texture showing on the surface, while realising high rigidity and low mass, the rear wing benefits from the meticulous and relentless focus of the Lexus Takumi.

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The development concept for this special edition began during technology-exchange meetings with air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya in 2017, which enabled Lexus engineers to obtain knowledge about the relationship between aerodynamic drag and wing-tip vortices.

The aerodynamic design of aircraft winglets (a wing-tip shape designed to reduce air resistance) influenced the choice of ‘aviation’ as the development concept for the latest variant.

Combining aircraft and vehicle technologies to realise a harmony of opposite elements with the captivating design of the LC Coupe, Lexus was able to take the ‘Even Sharper, More Refined’ driving concept to new heights.

While the aim of a rear wing is typically to increase downforce for enhanced straight-line stability during high-speed driving and enhanced traction during cornering, the rear wing of the LC Inspiration Series targets another specific approach.

Trailing vortices generated by the tips of the rear wing are used to control the airflow along the vehicle sides, while the main part of the wing contributes to the formation of trailing vortices at the wing tips.

This specific design controls the airflow from the vehicle sides, ensuring that smooth vehicle posture changes can be made by the driver and provide a more nimble driving experience through winding roads.

Crucially, it does this without changing the front-to-rear aerodynamic balance of the LC. Rectifying the airflow behind the vehicle further contributes to reducing drag and enhancing ride comfort, a hallmark of the Lexus LC sports car.

Complementing the edgy, exclusive rear wing, the LC Inspiration Series can be distinguished on the outside by a unique 21-inch forged alloy wheel design that targets a more aggressive look while also enhancing aerodynamic performance.

Wide gaps between five, thin twin-spokes express an agile feel while lifting brake cooling performance. Mono-tone gloss black paint has been used on the new wheels to give the underbody a more taut impression.

Special edition-exclusive black ornamentation continues across the front radiator grille and bumper garnish, headlamp surround, side rocker moulding and rear combination lamp bracket.

To provide subtle texture differentiation, jet-black plating is used for the front radiator grille surround and rear combination lamp cover. The 2021 LC Inspiration Series will be available in White Nova, Sonic Silver and Onyx.

2021 Lexus LC Inspiration Series special edition
2021 Lexus LC Inspiration Series special edition

The immediately rewarding LC 500 powertrain continues to deliver the high emotion and exhilarating performance demanded by sports car drivers, with 351kW of power, 540Nm of torque and a standard limited-slip differential (LSD) with rear-wheel drive.

An unrivalled sports car blend of superb performance with incredibly low fuel consumption, the LC 500h petrol-electric powertrain defines the Lexus commitment to imaginative technology – while thrilling drivers with a combined 264kW.

Inside the LC Inspiration Series, Lexus has targeted increasing the tactility of high touch-point areas that contribute to an exclusive, high-performance feel befitting an aviation-inspired special edition coupe.

Entering the vehicle, unique carbon scuff plates read Lexus LC Special Edition to heighten the feeling of exclusivity and blend the outside of the vehicle with an introduction to the cabin.

Black leather-accented front seats combine with saddle tan accents to create an interplay of tones, while Alcantara inserts further creates a luxury texture. Alcantara is also used on the steering wheel, gear shifter, and across the doors and centre console.

Saddle tan also features as the seatbelt colour. The LC Inspiration Series further adopts deep-hung front seat construction that debuted in the new LS in Australia in January, 2021.

Compared with the series production LC, the positioning of the upholstery is deeply drawn into the pad side to provide the clearance for the front occupants body to sink into the front seat, enhancing hip position holding performance by 18 per cent.

The latest special-edition LC is the second Inspiration Series, following a model designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Lexus in 2020. It is available on a strict order-only basis through Lexus dealerships, and fewer than five units are expected in Australia.

Available in Coupe body style, it is priced from $219,393 (plus on-roads) for the LC 500 or $219,553 (plus on-roads)  for the LC 500h. For further information, please contact your local Lexus dealer.

2021 Lexus LC Inspiration Series special edition
Inside the 2021 Lexus LC Inspiration Series special edition (overseas model shown)
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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