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Lexus Concept

LF-A Roadster (CAS 2008)

— February 14, 2008 — Autos
Lexus introduced its LF-A Roadster concept car at the Chicago 2008 Auto Show. The LF-A is a 2-seat sports car, constructed out of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum, and stands only 48-inches high.

The 2008 Auto Show runs from February 8th to 17th at McCormick Place, Lake Shore Drive at 23 rd Street.

"Teamed with a high-revving V-10. Mounted in front of the passenger compartment but behind the front-axle centerline, the engine is connected via a torque tube and propeller shaft to a rear-mid transaxle that is controlled by manual transmission paddle shifters. Approaching 5.0-liters, the V-10 is capable of more than 500 horsepower and test track speeds greater than 200 mph. Featuring a compact, low-profile, aerodynamic shape, the LF-A wears a speed adaptive rear wing, wrap-around, arrowhead-shaped taillights that bracket a pair of large grilles for the rear-mounted radiators, and roll on 20-inch tires and wheels."

Implications - Though the automotive industry has its keys players, there is still room for technological and aesthetic advancement.
Trend Themes
1. Lightweight Materials in Sports Cars - The use of lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber and aluminum, in sports cars presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the automotive industry in terms of design and performance.
2. High-revving Engines for Increased Horsepower - The development of high-revving engines, such as the V-10 in the LF-A, presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the automotive industry to increase horsepower and test track speeds.
3. Aerodynamic Shapes in Sports Cars - The use of compact, low-profile, and aerodynamic shapes in sports cars presents disruptive innovation opportunities for the automotive industry in terms of fuel efficiency and overall performance.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive Industry - The automotive industry can explore the use of lightweight materials, high-revving engines, and aerodynamic shapes to create more advanced and high-performance sports cars.
2. Carbon Fiber Industry - The carbon fiber industry can capitalize on the demand for lightweight materials in the automotive industry and develop new products and technologies to meet these needs.
3. High-performance Engine Manufacturing Industry - The high-performance engine manufacturing industry can explore the development of high-revving engines that can provide increased horsepower and test track speeds for sports cars.
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