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2011 Lexus LFA wireframe cutaway - Click above for high-res image gallery

Wow. Lexus brought their new LFA supercar to the LA Auto Show this year. That might not seem particularly wow-worthy, but it definitely becomes more surprising when you hear that they actually brought an LFA and a half. While a white LFA was happily humming along, spinning slowly on a rotating platform in the middle of the booth, another LFA-like creature lay motionless a few feet away.

It seems Lexus had an extra drivetrain they wanted to display, but instead of just parking the engine, transaxle and other mechanical bits on a stand, they decided to make it something of a cutaway. Rather than chopping up one of those exquisitely woven carbon fiber bodies, thankfully, they supported the running gear in a wireframe cutaway of sorts that mimics the overall shape of the production car. It was even done up in white just like the real thing on the other side of the stand. While some saw it as a novel way to display the internals, we think this might be a sneak peek at the cheaper, simpler Lexus LFA we had hoped for. Or, you know, not.

Check out the gallery below, and do yourself a favor – Take a few extra seconds to ogle that engine.

Photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      nice. man that shaft is higher than I expected but it explains the center consol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, I was thinking it was a bit high, myself.

        What I am presuming is a clutch housing on the back of the engine seems to also have a gear reduction or something... the driveshaft output is higher vertically than the engine's crankshaft output line, and there would seem to be more equipment there than just a clutch, and the transaxle is of course aft.

        That muffler is HUGE.

        I am kind of surprised that it didn't mock up the location of the cooling system radiators in the aft part of the car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The technology that they used to create this car is pretty impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice. It was at the Tokyo Auto show as well.

      seen here

      • 5 Years Ago
      ok i know that they are in two totally different classes...hell they are in two completely different universes!!!
      but it is nice to see that the exhaust on the LFA takes no trends from the ISF....but for 400k i guess you would expect that!..haha
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Elfa organizer stuff at The Container Store.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best looking LFA yet!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I sense sacarsm.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I spy a fractal design
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, but it was done in '98 for the debut of the Dodge Intrepid by yours truly, at the Detroit Auto Show. Wish I knew how to upload a pic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota has NEVER lost it (Performance). This is living proof of that. If Toyota/Lexus can build this....imagine future performance cars....(drooool)

      This car never stops amazing me. Love the engine, love everything about the LF-A. Wish they had something like this for the IS-F tho.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Im with you JDM -- the LFA is going to be one of those car that the older he is the more things we are going to find out about the car ( meaning in a very good way ) They put so much into this car that just time will let us know.

        IS-F wasn't plan like the LFA. The IS-F is a very good car for being a easy and fast project. I bet the next Gen IS-F will be more intense'' and you will also see real carbon fiber in it.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice display

      Those are 100mm (3.93") body line sections off of actual data in 1:1 scale, not really as AB described it as a "wireframe cutaway of sorts that mimics the overall shape of the production car"
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