It looks like Toyota's Lexus luxury arm is getting ready to pitch a hydrogen-powered version of its LFA supercar that's even more powerful than its 552-horsepower, gas-powered brethren.

We spotted a 45-second video that appears to show off the Lexus LFA-h, a hydrogen-powered version fitted with a V10 that can produce 600 horsepower, not to mention emissions that only consist of water. Or, as the video puts it: "fuel for life." Treehuggers and gearheads alike are treated to digitized sight of the two-door coupe screaming across a parched desert and grass growing out of cracks in the dried soil. Seriously. Lexus, which hadn't previously disclosed that it was working on a hydrogen-powered LFA, didn't get into how much the car will cost or even when it will become available. We're wondering it we might learn more about this car at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Lexus is producing just 500 units of the LFA worldwide, and about 10 percent of those are in North America. That car, which has a sticker price of a cool $375,000, boasts a 4.8-liter V-10 that produces 552 horsepower and a top speed of 202 miles per hour. Lexus let auto journalists test-drive the car last October. Readers can check out Autoblog's rather glowing review here.

What does a zero-emisions supercar sound like?
The Lexus LFA-h.



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      Ugo Sugo
      • 2 Years Ago
      And a ICE will anyway burn the oil necessary for lubrication as well. In addition, it has been widely proven that hydrogen powered ICEs are very inefficient. So dear Lexus, try harder next time
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        They're extremely inefficient, but they could still be clean if their fuel was made from 100% renewable energy. The lubrication oil they burn is minimal. Maybe Lexus could require owners to invest $50k in a solar power plant in the desert, to make up for the electricity they waste in hydrogen production?
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Perhaps Ugo is assuming that Toyota will build this H2 powered V10 as a 2-stroke?
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        In this case, it really doesnt matter. Supercars don't travel many miles. The cost of manufacturing is the real issue here.
      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      When the gas powered Lexus LFA was announced in Australia, the motoring press took great delight in announcing that no one had purchased a single LFA. various reasons were given, $ 640,000 was to much for a Lexus, No real pedigree etc. In fact, Toyota was delighted to announce that all the allocation had been pre-sold before the launch, but two cars had subsequently changed hands at up to $150,000 premium ! I look forward to seeing the Hydrogen version at Geneva (if I can just push in front of LTW) !
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marcopolo
        I how I wish I was going to be there! This LFA-h is a big surprise to me - we already knew Toyota would be showing the FCV-R. But, I've got tickets to see Sir Elton on Wed., and the fiancé is adamant that's where she expects us to be.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          @LTW Congratulation of your engagement! ah,...just remember, Marriage is a short word,....with a long sentence attached! :) Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Thanks.
          Sasparilla Fizz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Congrats on the faince.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an incredible waste of R&D money.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a great car to sell to the CEOs of Linde, Praxair, Airproducts, etc. If General Electric personnel are driving electric cars and gas utilities are using CNG vehicles, its only a matter of time before we see hydrogen producers driving H2 powered cars.
        Ele Truk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        They're going to need it, because otherwise where will they be able to fuel up except at their company?
      Chris M
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was going on posts from actual people making actual purchases of real H2 fuel. That linked report is a projection on what hydrogen enthusiasts hope to accomplish, not what current prices are. They are hoping to reduce the price enough so that the per-mile cost of H2 fuel would be competitive with gasoline - and they're assuming use of fuel cells that would be twice as efficient as an internal combustion engine. So if a H2 fuel cell vehicle had the same fuel cost per mile as a gasoline internal combustion engine vehicle, the equivalent H2 internal combustion vehicle would have twice the fuel cost per mile. But electricity has them both beat, at 1/3rd the "fuel" cost per mile, compared to gasoline. To recap: Hydrogen proponents hope to get the per-mile fuel cost of H2 fuel cell vehicles to a level competitive to gasoline. Nowhere does it say "hydrogen is free", nowhere does it say it's infinite, nowhere does it say that it will be cost competitive, let alone cheaper than, electricity. Maybe Gorr should try reading it and reporting to his boss, instead.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      So nobody is going to mention that they used the Tron soundtrack (Daft Punk)? I wonder if they got Disney's permission for that.
      Tysto
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've wondered for quite a while: how MUCH water is produced by a hydrogen-fueled car? I live in northern Indiana, and the idea of thousands of cars dribbling water onto frozen roads sounds like a nightmare.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tysto
        It is about the same amount as a gasoline car. Gasoline is a mixture of Hydrocarbons. When burned, it reacts with O2 in the air. The carbon combines with some O2 to make CO2 and the Hydrogen in gasoline (yes, it has a LOT of hydrogen in it)... combines with some O2 to make H2O. Also, Some of the Nitrogen (N2) in the air combines with the O2 in the air if there is high enough combustion pressure and temperature to make NOx (NO, NO2, N2O, etc) which is a pollutant. *So it IS possible for a HICE to have harmful emissions under certain conditions* Either way, most of the water comes out of the tailpipe as Vapor because it is still quite hot due to combustion. Some of it will condense as droplets on the tailpipe yes. But only small amounts. A HICE could consume 1 kg of Hydrogen for every 35 miles, I think. 1 kg of H2 combined with Oxygen from the air... will produce 17 kg of water.. which is 17 Liters (4.5 gallons)...IF ALL OF THE WATER WAS LIQUID ... spread over 35 miles (184,800 feet) 0.1 milliliters per feet So about a few drops per feet IF the water was ALL liquid, which most of it won't be.
          marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          @Joeviocoe. Thank for that information Joe, very interesting. Hmmm...I wonder is you could get a road tax deduction for road cleaning! :)
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          "0.1 milliliters per feet So about a few drops per feet IF the water was ALL liquid, which most of it won't be." More like a driplet every 10 yards, not that it would make any difference.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Fuel cell cars at around 72mpge would only manage half a driplet! ;-)
      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      I pity you Autoblog green, but this is just a video made by Simon Brown, who has no connection with Lexus. Don't worry, it's neither your fault, nor anybody's fault..
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Seph
        Yep, we got fooled! Excellent fake, but maybe a little more research by ABG would have discerned it?
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Seph
        Let me guess - does that mean this is someones fantasy, and Lexus isn't really planning on selling a hydrogen fueled car with an internal combustion engine? Now that would make more sense.
      Arun Murali
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeaaa to zero emissions super sports car. Wait!! Did Toyota/Lexus learn anything from Hydrogen powered BMW 745? Didn't think so.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Arun Murali
        The fun thing about learning is that it never ends. You build upon the lessons of the past, and find new ways to advance. Let's see what Toyota/Lexus *has* learned, before you assume they haven't learned anything.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Are you an idiot!!!! Gas prices are soaring and this may be the furture. What better way to introduce this improved technology than on Lexus' halo car.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Are you responding to me? I like this LFA-h, and I'm very eager to see what Lexus has learned in converting over to HICE.
      JakeY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lexus has advanced the hydrogen ICE significantly if it really makes 600hp from the 4.8L V10. Hard to tell if it's "green" at all without knowing the fuel consumption though (BMW's hydrogen V12 was horrible) and I'm curious if they solved the storage issue for hydrogen ICE (since it needs to store a couple times more hydrogen than a fuel cell car because of the inefficiencies: the Hydrogen 7 stored 8kg of hydrogen for a 125 mile range). The huge 6.0L V12 in the BMW H2R and Hydrogen 7 only made about 250hp.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JakeY
        they didn't solve anything of course. it's purely a PR stunt. the market for a hydrogen ICE LFA is probably fairly limited and it wont be for sale of course. it's just a lie. it's what they do
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JakeY
        It will be interesting to see what Lexus has done with HICE. The tank tech has come a long way from the cryogenic liquified storage that BMW used.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sukairain: Are you on f'ing drugs? WTF are you smoking? Lexus LFA a failure? As the saying goes, haters gonna hate! Almost 99.9% reviews, tests and driving impressions of LFA have been nothing short of raving. Some have even said it is the best car they have ever driven (Chris Harris of Evo). What type of credibility does you hatred have?? Lexus LFA is only sold and not leased. Lexus completely ditched the idea even before LFA started delivering and LFA is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Coming from a company that developed its first exotic supercar and it being able to beat Ferrari 599 GTO in a European comparison and being able to be the fastest car to lap Nurburgring without racing tires is nothing short of spectacular achievement
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im interrested to see it bought by someone that want to pay less for fuel without pollution.
        goodoldgorr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Chris M, do you have link to studies like Dave did. I just learn from Dave link that hydrogen is free and non-polluting and infinite . You should read it and tell your boss.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Projected hydrogen cost information: http://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/progress11/ii_0_hydrogen_production_overview_2011.pdf
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        With internal combustion inefficiency and a hydrogen fuel cost of $8 to $13 per Kg, the fuel cost would be more than double the cost of running on gasoline. We'd all like to pay less for fuel without pollution, the solution is electricity - 1/4 the cost, zero pollution.
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