Lexus IS Aerodynamic Study – D1 Version and Super GT Designs

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Lexus IS Super GT Aero Design

The Lexus IS still looks great in various modified conditions and takes to re-shaping very well. These are two renderings that I happen to like quite a lot. There are some great ideas in here to enjoy. I hope you like them both as much as I do. That bumper below on the D1 is perfect!

Lexus IS D1 Aero Design

Credit goes to Take Out!49

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Details – IS-F CCS Concept Video

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Video is good for capturing a few things that hi-res pictures just cant do justice to. One of my favorite details that I saw at TAS can be found in the rear wing of this Lexus IS-F CCS Concept (CCS = Circuit Club Sports). So rather than try to photograph it, I decided to take a video to show you how cool it is!

The side plates of the rear wing do something I’ve never seen before. They showcase the IS-F logo in multiple segments of dry carbon yet integrate it seamlessly in a way that blew all of us away. Afterward I was wondering how they did it. My guess is that they used a template and laser cut the pre-preg dry carbon to remove the total shape of the IS-F. Then I’m thinking that they laser cut the components of the IS-F and then re-arranged them all so it fit perfectly before putting it into the mold and then the autoclave. That’s my guess…whatever it was they did, it was brilliant.

The rest of the car is remarkable too! The dry carbon roof, revised bodywork, interior changes, carbon ceramic brakes, etc…everything was top notch.

Another detail I noticed which I’m getting the feeling will be seen on other cars in the future – the use of carbon fiber accents applied with double sided tape to extend the lines of other parts. For an example of what I’m talking about, check out the carbon fiber extensions that draw the hood’s shape out further on the front fenders up top and the front grill down below. They make the hood look like its a different shape, but ultimately it’s just smartly designed pieces of carbon fiber that are applied by adhesive onto the body panels to create the look.

Toyota/Lexus Japan taught me a few new tricks just from looking at this car. Some nice thought went into this concept! Well done!

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