Lexus showcased its electrified present and future at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022, giving tens of thousands of visitors to the annual automotive celebration in the UK the chance to take a close-up look at its current battery electric models together with the radically designed Lexus Electrified Sport Concept.
The concept model was making its first appearance outside Japan since being unveiled by Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda in December 2021.
It drew crowds of admirers across the four-day event and praise from the media. The UK’s Auto Express magazine described it as a “fully electric successor to the Japanese brand’s LFA sports car” with styling that “really has the ‘wow’ factor.” Autocar likewise considered it to be “a spiritual successor of the LFA” and said that Lexus will use the experience of developing the concept for other future EV models “as part of a drive to emphasise the brand’s dynamic focus.”
Lexus marked the occasion of the car’s European debut at Goodwood with a special “unboxing” film, showing how the sleek sports car emerged from its bespoke transit container.
New images were also produced, using studio techniques to show how the car might look on the festival’s famous hillclimb course, in front of historic Goodwood House.
The Lexus Electrified Sport Concept offered a vision for a future all-electric, high-performance model. Its styling, initially developed at Lexus’ Calty design studio in California, presents bold proportions and a low ride height while the performance potential of its electric powertrain and solid state battery technology suggest 0-100 km/h acceleration in the low two-second area and a cruising range of more than 700 km.
Its powerful combination of design and performance references the look and spirit of the Lexus LFA V10 supercar, which itself was a major attraction at the Festival of Speed when it made its first appearance at the event 10 years before.