This particular vehicle has been at the top of my list of cars to detail since I started my business. I'm happy to say that box has now been checked off. The Lexus LFA is a remarkable machine in every way. From its stunning performance to the years of engineering set forth by Akio Toyoda with a relentless vision. A vision to create the worlds best super car. Yes, by the standard of raw speed & performance there are other cars out there that top the LFA. But nothing else comes close to the precision and dedication that went into creating this machine.
A few things I learned about the car after chatting with the owner:
-This is #475/500, to purchase this vehicle outside of buying one from a dealer was invite only. There are only 120 in the states and there is a collector who currently owns 4 LFA's and 10 2000GT's. All 500 have been accounted for.
-Before purchasing this car Lexus gave my client a loaner LFA for a full week to drive around to see if he liked it! Needless to say he fell in love with the car.
-The entire car is made from carbon fiber in which Lexus actually designed the 3-d loom to spin some of the pieces for this vehicle. In total 65% of all materials on the vehicle are carbon. Even the key is carbon fiber with a price tag of $5,000 if lost.
-Lexus documented the entire process of the build with pictures from chassis construction, to paint, to engine assembly to testing and then put the pictures in a custom made book signed by Akio Toyoda.
-All documentation for the vehicle which was about 100 pages was also put in a binder, everything from each parts origin, to when it was assembled and from whom it was assembled by.
-When you purchase an LFA you also receive custom Carbon Fiber TUMI luggage that fits in the rear luggage compartment and a custom Crystal sculpture of the vehicle.
-When any service is done of the vehicle Lexus flies out a specialist from Japan to oversee that the work is done properly.
-Each year Lexus holds an LFA owners meet where they fly out the owners, ship out their cars and accommodate their stay all paid for and they get to hang out with Akio Toyoda.
-Another thing I thought was cool was that Lexus included a manual of the proper way to wash and detail the vehicle. It actually went into good detail and the information wasn't far off.
It was an awesome experience working on this vehicle and learning about its history and the great lengths Lexus has gone to give their owners a really extraordinary experience.
Oh and the last bit, at 9,500rpm the sounds you get in the cabin are just stunning. Yamaha built the engine and specifically designed the intake to channel this symphony through the vents in the cabin with high frequencies going to the upper portions and low frequencies going towards your feet.
Now onto the detail...
-Light defect removal
-CQuartz Finest protective coating
-Engine Bay detailing
Overall the vehicle was in great condition, some very light defects here and there but very minor. The owner hand washes himself and is really passionate about proper car care.
Given the delicate nature of this paint surface, extra care was taken during the wash process. A foam gun in conjunction with a CR spotless unit was used.
After washing any standing water was evacuated from the surface and crevices using warm forced air to prevent any possible water spotting.
On white paint defects are much harder to capture due to the lack of contrast compared to a darker surface. The condition of the paint on this vehicle was very nice, there was only a few spots with very light defects. Out of all the supercars I have worked on this was by far In the best condition. Another testament to Lexus quality.
After drying, the paint surface was then inspected, clayed and prepped for polishing.
Polishing of this vehicle definitely requires some patience with all of the sharp body lines. Since 90% of the body panels are carbon fiber extra care is also needed to prevent any possible damage from occurring.
After polishing I took some shot of the rear quarter reflection
One of the owners other “Dailys” a 900hp GTR seen smashing through the reflection of the driver side after polishing.
After all polishing has been completed on the vehicle it was time for the CQuartz Finest protective coating to be applied.
The sun setting made for a great shot coming through the garage door window and reflecting of the polished and coated surface.
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Tim did a wonderful job! I would recommend him to any that needs a high quality detail. He is very soft spoken and is a true car enthusiast that appreciates all finely engineered automobiles.
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Very nice job Tim... Being a novice myself and without spending $400 on a special light to see scratches what do u recommend if any or will a regular LED light work? I noticed you had a flashlight in one those pictures...
Amazing write up, great information and AWESOME work & pics!!! Thank you for sharing all of that. As someone who also details (on the side & it doesn't appear to your extent/level) I am extremely envious of anyone who is lucky & fortunate enough to get their hands on one of those for a day. Must have been an incredible experience for sure. Congrats and thanks again for sharing.