Lexus Unveils LF-FC Fuel Cell Concept

OCT 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept is another hydrogen fuel cell from Toyota group on display at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Those who counted on the all-electric cardboard car making it to production may be a bit disappointed, but let’s check out this new Lexus.

This most recent concept is an all-wheel-drive limousine (with in-wheel motors in the front and a single motor for rear axle). The LF-FC heralds the brand’s future flagship sedan.

With Lexus losing sales to Tesla, this electrified flagship is needed. But remember, Lexus is anti-electric, so it’s unlikely the automaker will tout electric drvie when discussing the LF-FC fuel cell car.

Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President said:

“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not so distant future.”

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies Lexus’ “L-finesse” design philosophy. From every angle, the sedan is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle. An evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front, while floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front fenders. The rear is highlighted by striking new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the DRL.
When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe,” suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads. The sporty 21-inch aluminium wheels with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.”

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

“INTERIOR DESIGN

The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained.

When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.”

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

“TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY

Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the centre console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

POWERTRAIN

At the heart of the LF-FC is a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.

SAFETY

Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.

Lexus LF-FC specifications:

·  Length 5,300 mm
·  Width   2,000 mm
·  Height 1,410 mm”
Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

Lexus LF-FC Flagship Concept

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14 Comments on "Lexus Unveils LF-FC Fuel Cell Concept"

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Anon

OMG, that front grill… 🙁

Ambulator

I know. I can’t imagine that it serves any purpose.

michael

Used to be “predator mouth” from that lame but popular science fiction movie.

Now it looks like the lower lip of that primitive tribe that embeds clay pucks in their lips.

A whole new level of Lexugly.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Quoting the article:

“Those who counted on the all-electric cardboard car making it to production may be a bit disappointed…”

I suppose it would be snarky to suggest the cardboard car would be a more practical vehicle… 😉

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Dear Lexus:

Congratulations on building a “fool cell” concept car which is somewhat less ugly than those actually being sold.

But demonstrate you’re smarter than Toyota and Honda et al by not putting this into production, hmmm?

Thanks.

Djoni

Lexus is Toyota luxury brand, so counting them out is hopeless.

Rick Danger

Ye gads!

Phr3d

well, at Least it doesn’t look like yet another variation of the Murray, like every other concept revealed at this show.

just add a foot more hood so the grill can smoothly extend back to the windshield and I think Toyxus can call it production-ready.

Speculawyer

Dat grille!

Hilarious.

kosee

Lexus are being idiots making this A fuel cell car. Everything about this car looks cool. Some people above here don’t seem to like the grill but I think this car looks really good.

If this would be a BEV and Lexus would sign up to the supercharger network they would sell a LOT of these. Perhaps they can undercut tesla by a couple of thousand and this car would be a success.

But NO let’s bring a car to market (will it?) and sell like 5000 of them and go the way of the dinosaurs.

Ok Lexus good look with this nonsense. At least it looks ok I guess..

Kevin

This is a killer looking car. Speak whatever bias nonsense you want about FCV but this styling is tight.

miggy

It is even bigger than the Tesla S which is LARGE.
Lexus LF-FC specifications:

· Length 5,300 mm

· Width 2,000 mm

· Height 1,410 mm”

Bob

Well, they needed to make room for a High pressede hydrogen tank between the seats!

philip d

That and the V8 sized fuel cell stack under that king-size mattress hood.

Epicurus

When it needs fuel, just run down to your corner hydrogen filling station. Oh wait, it doesn’t exist, and it never will except where the taxpayers have been forced to build one. Make sure your representatives aren’t on Toyota’s payroll.