Lexus SEMA Cars Crushed


Don't let the title scare you, but it's the truth. SEMA project cars go to car heaven once they reach the end of useful life. In the case of these two Lexus SEMA project cars built by Fox Marketing, Autoguide confirmed that the Glasurit Sunset Orange IS F (a feature 2008 Lexus SEMA project vehicle) and the custom BASF Foxy Green IS C (Lexus SEMA 2009) were sent to the crusher.
Fox Marketing Lexus SEMA Cars Stripped and Crushed

"Maybe you're not a fan of the wild SEMA Show cars built by Fox Marketing. Even then, it requires a certain level of heartlessness to not shed a tear when seeing these photos.

Built for Lexus for SEMA over the years the Fox Marketing Lexus IS-F and IS350C have seen better days. They might look like theft recoveries, but sadly it's worse than that - they've been wrecked on purpose.

Fine machines in their own right, both cars were kitted out with tens of thousands of dollars in top-grade modifications ranging from superchargers to wheels, tires, suspension kits and brakes. And let's not forget about the custom body kits, interiors and wild paint colors. Some parts appear to have been removed from the cars, although Brian Fox of Fox Marketing has confirmed the high-powered engines had to remain in the vehicles.

Built as "dollar cars" for the show circuit, the life of these two luxury machines has now expired and due to legal reasons they must be disposed of in a way that will ensure Lexus won't wind up with a lawsuit some time down the road.

When contacted, Fox informed AutoGuide that more photos and even video was on it's way, so we'll be sure to update this story. Check back later this week, if you can stomach it."

Source: Autoguide
Due to customs regulations, pre production prototype cars have a limited lifetime. Once at the end of their useful life, the cars are either dismantled, destroyed, sent to a technical training school or returned in the original condition to its origin country. Some of these lucky prototypes get a second lease on life and end up as Lexus SEMA project cars. But once they end their term as project cars, they too must be disposed of. Sure it may seem like a waste to crush these prototype vehicles, but they are eventually replaced with a production counterpart. So what do they do with all the factory parts and trim? Sadly they all get disposed of with the car. As for the aftermarket parts that were featured in the car, thankfully they were removed prior just in case you were wondering. 

How do you feel about these Lexus SEMA project cars getting disposed of? We have a discussion about it! >>

Clarence Woods (Wed, 30 May 2012 11:49:01 -0700): There is so much I could salvage off of these two cars, that I could possibly make one car from of it... sad.. super sad I tell you...
Nick Bacchus (Wed, 30 May 2012 13:35:44 -0700): wtf they could of gave it 2 me for my show car.
Gabriel Linares (Thu, 31 May 2012 16:52:08 -0700): wtf is this? wtf wtf? no way why they didn't just give them to me.
Kyle Hippensteel (Fri, 01 Jun 2012 20:56:03 -0700): these aren't from cali. fox marketing is from central PA and that's where they've mostly done a lot of shows other than the sema show and numerous other out of state shows, but regardless of where they are from they are prototypes and had to be destroyed.. such a freakin waste though. these cars were immaculate and just plain HOT!
Jesse McKee (Fri, 01 Jun 2012 21:02:44 -0700): That's shity
Kyle Hippensteel (Fri, 01 Jun 2012 22:02:06 -0700): Hell yea it is. saw both of these up close and they were some of the smoothest. slickest customized lexus's I've EVER seen
Nikos Mavrovouniotis (Sat, 02 Jun 2012 02:09:42 -0700): this is by far the dumbest thing I have heard, why not a museum or a part out.... when thinking hurts...
Jeresen Apana (Sat, 02 Jun 2012 23:11:00 -0700): Wtf............
Michael K Cronin (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:11:17 -0700): I guess they have... money to burn... or should I say crush. Idiots
Matt Bendig (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:22:40 -0700): What a waste! All the parts and metal in those cars that could have been reused or melted down and made into something new. Instead some idiot decides they need to be crushed and sent to the dump..... Retards these days!
Apocalyptic Dreadnaught (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:30:10 -0700): The " Lexus sandwich " joke wasn't funny AT ALL! dicc heads!
Jester-Aileen Clemente (Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:13:39 -0700): What a waste!!!
Les Morse Jr (Wed, 20 Jun 2012 02:51:42 -0700): They need to crush all small cars
Vinh Phan (Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:02:33 -0700): I can't watch this
Sean Riley (Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:31:44 -0700): I've heard they have to crush certain cars that are featured on the "garage shows". Unfortunately, it's the same liability reason. The way around it may be the excuse that it belongs to a friend of the show.
(Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:38:14 -0700): First we should blame the lawyers, then kill all of them. Note the statement "ensure Lexus won't wind up with a lawsuit". Thanks trial lawyers for killing all the fun in the world.
Adeeb Sugar (Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:31:54 -0700): why the heal don't they part them out and sell the parts instead of crushing them.
Daniel Lemon (Sat, 23 Jun 2012 02:19:40 -0700): so that's what an ISF C would look like.
Ian Kirkaldie (Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:19:41 -0800): Fuck you fox! I hate you, and anyone that would crush a beautiful Lexus!
Mechiee Jonesborough (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:57:42 -0700): Piece of shyt