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.