Golf ball dimpled Lexus LS 460 L – Click above for high-res image gallery

Now that Tiger Woods is no longer shilling for Buick, the opportunity for another automaker to enter the golf world and attract some eyeballs is wide open. Lexus is a sponsor of the U.S. Open that just teed off this week, and to make sure its participation is remembered, the Japanese automaker commissioned the production of an LS 460 L with a dimpled body just like a golf ball.

The creation of this oddity is actually an interesting story. At the PGA Golf Show in Orlando, FL last January, Lexus approached Brad Smith of Lima, OH who earns a living making those mailboxes shaped liked giant golf balls. After being asked by Lexus if he could put the same surface on a car, Smith approached his friend Rick Davis and together they found a composite polymer that would work. The two buddies built the car in Davis' two-car garage, though Lexus likes to refer to their operation as the "firm" responsible for the car's creation. Lexus took delivery of the dimpled LS last week right before it made its debut at the U.S. Open in New York on Tuesday.

Dimples help you drive a golf ball farther, faster and with more control. Do you they do the same for the Lexus? Perhaps Tiger Woods should get behind the wheel and find out.

Photos courtesy of Gavin Jackson and The Lima News


  • The passenger side door panel of the Lexus 460L shows the creation and work of Brad Smith and Rick and Sam Davis who were contracted by Lexus to fit the car with the plastic composite panels to make the car look like a golf ball. GAVIN JACKSON/The Lima News
  • From left Brad Smith, Matt and Rick Davis stand with a Lexus LS 460L Tuesday afternoon that they retrofitted with golf ball style paneling for Lexus to be the Official Vehicle at this weekend's U.S. Open. The trio took 12 weeks to design the dimple panels that were taken from the concept of Smith's golf ball mailbox. GAVIN JACKSON/The Lima News
  • Brad Smith and Rick and Matt Davis, in back, stand with a Lexus LS 460L Tuesday afternoon that they retrofitted with golf ball style paneling for Lexus to be the Official Vehicle at this weekend's U.S. Open. The trio took 12 weeks to design the dimple panels that were taken from the concept of Smith's golf ball mailbox. GAVIN JACKSON/The Lima News

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