Naked Agression: the LFA Diorama at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show

naked-lfa.jpgOK, we hear how the biannual Tokyo Auto Show is losing relevance. And given the rise of China, along with the dismal percent of foreign cars on the road in Japan, it kind of makes sense. But then, we see stuff like this naked LFA, and all we want to do is fly to Tokyo.

As the video above proves, this isn't just a sculpture, but an actual running vehicle without the skin. How awesome is that? ClubLexus member Motor just posted some amazing shots of this baby--along with a model of the crazy loom Lexus wove the carbon fiber with--and we're just speechless. As a car geek, you have to be a little sad that all this beauty winds up hidden under the bodywork. Sure, it's gorgeous bodywork, but still...

Head over to the Forum for more amazing pics!

Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 20:43:49 -0800): VERY COOL~~! (what is that big tank behind the right front tire?)
Paul Williamsen (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:23:07 -0800): That's the 10L oil tank for the dry-sump lubrication system.
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:25:27 -0800): Paul Williamsen , That was what I was thinking, but again, it looked HUGE for it to be one... Then, I thought of how large the V10 was and how much oiling needs there would be on a V10 screaming at 9000rpm for hour on end... Thank you for the clarification!
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:26:02 -0800): Big pipes for the oil too!
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:29:39 -0800): 10L = almost 10 Quarts. :D Just like a LeMans C-Cars!
Paul Williamsen (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:36:25 -0800): At peak-power RPM (top speed), the LFA lubrication system pumps up to 100L of oil per minute. This not only provides lubrication but also helps with thermal management.
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:56:57 -0800): Wow, that's a lot of oil... I've always had issues in racing 4A-GE in long duration laps, even when we tried different and much larger cooler cores. It turned out that the oil volume or cooling core size wasn't the issue, but the actual flow rate. The original 4A-GE pump wasn't flowing fast or at a high volume. Once we widened the hoses and replaced the pump to a higher capacity, things shot down quite fast and even the water temp went down 3'C too.
Paul Williamsen (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:35:23 -0800): You may need a dry-sumped system to deliver oil flow rates this high and still have enough surplus oil volume in reserve after filtering, cooling, and entrapment during cornering.
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:39:31 -0800): Paul Williamsen exactly, only in the case of a 4A-GE, and 2002 privateeer budgets, atlantic series pieces came at a cost of what was 3 times the value of the AE86 car! :D I think that leMON 24 hours salvage car teams had more budgets back then. :)
Moto Miwa (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:40:38 -0800): Again, I'm digressing, please forgive me. haha!
Nhan Tran (Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:19:53 -0800): love car.