Lexus LFA build #500
Despite costing an exorbitant $375,000, the LFA was a money-losing project and Toyota officials aren’t keen to repeat the process, at least for now.
“At one time, there were informal talks about another project to follow here after the current LFA project finishes,” an insider has revealed to Automotive News (subscription required). “But the current business environment is too poor.”
The good news is that the image-building qualities and the technological expertise surrounding the car will benefit future models from the Japanese automaker.
With the very last LFA, number 500, rolling off the line last December at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Japan, the advanced manufacturing facility, which includes one of only a handful of carbon fiber-weaving looms in the world, is pretty much sitting idle (it’s still used to produce spares for the LFA).
Instead of decommissioning the plant, Toyota plans to use the expensive machinery located within to build parts for other cars--just don’t expect those other models to be a LFA Roadster or new supercar.
While Toyota hasn’t mentioned what model will be its next to adopt carbon fiber, it has stated it would like to see a new halo model launched for its Lexus brand and this, in all likelihood, will be the first model after the LFA to adopt carbon fiber in its construction.