25 Things You Might Not Have Known About Lexus

  1. Toyota had an F1 project a lot earlier than you might have known – The codename for the development of the first LS was ‘F1’ (‘Flagship One’).

  2. During the development of the original LS, 1 team member was assigned to ensure the feel of each and every button and switch was perfect. Three sets of fake nails were carried around to ensure buttons were suitable for all types of customer.

  3. Lexus has launched in many countries around the world, but didn’t actually go on sale in Japan until 2005.

  4. They were the first manufacturer to enter a production hybrid vehicle at the Nurburgring 24 hours race (an RX 400h).

  5. The seat leather is made from the hides of cows that are kept without the use of barbed wire, to ensure perfect quality.

  6. The latest LS can be specified with a wooden steering wheel using a shimamoku technique, involving 67 manufacturing steps, taking 31 days to complete.

  7. The latest LS features alloys with hollow spokes to minimise intrusion of road noise into the car.

  8. The engine block of a Lexus GS is vacuum cast to ensure no imperfections.

  9. For the production of the LFA, Lexus called on Toyota Group’s 100 year expertise in fabric weaving to develop a special carbon fibre loom.

  10. The 4.8-litre V10 used by LFA weighs less than Lexus’s 3.5-litre V6 – however creates twice the horsepower.

  11. The tachometer of LFA had to be digital, as analogue units can not keep pace with the engine.

  12. Yamaha were called in by Lexus, to acoustically tune the engine note of the original LS.

  13. There have been a few famous Lexus drivers, past and present:

    • Hollywood actress, Sienna Miller (RX 450h)
    • UK artist, David Hockney (LS 460)
    • Ex-chairman of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally (LS 400)
    • Albert II, Crown Prince of Monaco (One-off LS 600hL Landaulet)
  14. They sell more hybrid vehicles than any other premium manufacturer. In UK, 95% of all Lexus sold are specified with a hybrid power train.

  15. In order to be a Lexus paint inspector, they are required to pass an examination of their skills four times a year to continue working on the line.

  16. Only the best manufacturing professionals in the Toyota Group can apply to work for Lexus. If they are successful, then they are designated as a Takumi (artisan).

  17. The design of the 1st generation GS was derived from an Italdesign concept completed for Jaguar called ‘The Kensington’. 19 years on, the LF-LC coupe amazed crowds at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show, being awarded with the EyesOn Design prize.

  18. During the construction of Paul McCartney’s personal LS 600h, there were no animal-derived products used

  19. In 2004, hot rod manufacturer Larry Wood was commissioned to build a one-off car using a Lexus 4.0-litre V8, which output 400 horsepower.

  20. The SC430 is a multiple winner of the Japanese Super GT racing series, taking the drivers and constructors crown three times.

  21. The latest generations of GS and LS are specified with the ‘nano-e’ air conditioning system, designed to moisturise skin and hair, and deodorise the cabin.

  22. Geordie songsmith Chris Rea used the Mark Levinson sound system in his LS enabling him to listen back to early versions of songs for his latest album on drives home.

  23. The 4th generation LS focusses on relaxation for passengers. The right hand rear seat can be fitted with an ottoman reclining feature and shiatsu massage function.

  24. In the NX, the top of the sunglasses holder has a special feature, a small vanity mirror, perfect for the passenger to touch up their make up on the move.

  25. In the ‘90s, Lexus was the 660th most popular girls name in the US.