Luxury carmaker Lexus India has launched a limited-edition model of its sports coupe, the LC 500h. The car is inspired by a partnership between air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya and Lexus engineers and by the graceful flight of birds and aeroplanes. This special edition focuses on a refined aerodynamic performance that aims to elevate the sense of driving.
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The Lexus team worked on different ways to create efficiencies for Muroya’s aircraft, from refining the grip design of the control column to maximising aerodynamics efficiencies using testing data learned on Lexus automobiles. This partnership ultimately assisted the pilot on his path to winning the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships. This team consisted of some of the same engineers who built the Lexus LFA supercar on board.
The Japanese carmaker took a unique approach by turning a preconceived concept on its head—literally. They found that taking an airplane winging it upside down improved the maneuverability and efficiency at the wingtips. This led to the creation of a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic rear wing that realises greater steering responsiveness and stability without disrupting the LC’s vehicle stability.
The car has 21-inch forged wheels, exclusive to the LC limited-edition, which aids in lower drag co-efficient with the same level of rigidity. It comes equipped with a 3.5-litre, six-cylinder hybrid engine.
The car is available in three colours White Nova Glass Flake, Sonic Silver, and Black and its interiors are adorned with Black AlcantaraTM trimmed seats that feature Saddle Tan accents and seat belts.
“We are very excited to announce the addition of the exclusive limited-edition of the LC 500h. With its bold, aviation-inspired design language, we are confident that it will be well received by our discerning guests who value and appreciate the quality of finer things in life,” said PB Venugopal, President, Lexus India.
The LC 500h limited-edition is available at Rs 2,15,60,000 (ex-showroom).
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