Automobile firms have been trying to look into the future for probably a hundred years. After all, everyone is interested in how the cars of tomorrow and the day after tomorrow will look like. It's another matter that everyone succeeds with varying degrees of success. Well, for example, the respected Ferdinand Porsche built an electric car with motors built into the rear wheels back in 1900. Think only 120 years ago! And this despite the fact that the first serial Porsche electric car appeared only in 2019 …
This is an example of a successful, even too successful, foresight of the future. But Lexus, which in 2004 presented the first serial premium SUV with a hybrid power plant (we are talking about the Lexus RX400h), seemed to bet on the wrong horse. Of course, on the one hand, sales of hybrid crossovers and sedans made the company a good box office, on the other hand, the Japanese pedaled the hybrid concept so actively that they completely ignored electric cars. And in our green Gretatunberg time, of course, you cannot do that.
Finally, Lexus gave up and unveiled its own electric car. True, the LF-30 is not yet a production model, but just a concept car. But, as the creators themselves note, the concept car is not abstract, but quite concrete. About the same, the Japanese promise, the most ordinary Lexus will look like in just 10 years. Oh, these fortune-telling on coffee grounds! We all know very well that in 2030 only one thing can be assumed for sure - the duties of the President of Russia will continue to be performed by Vladimir Vladimirovich. As for the near future of wheelbarrows, it is extremely difficult to place bets here … But let's still see how our automobile tomorrow is represented by the designers and engineers of Lexus.
The appearance of the LF-30, oddly enough, is quite traditional. We will not consider doors of the "gull wing" type as something fantastic ?! For the first time these appeared in the early 50s of the XX century on racing "Mercedes". The design of the radiator grille (although we all understand that this is not a radiator grill at all) is also quite characteristic of the Lexus of the last decade. The most unusual here, perhaps, is the rear optics, in the geometry of which the letter L is clearly read.
One cannot help but recall the words of the famous automobile designer Paul Braque. The Frenchman, famous for his work in BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot, once said: “I always try to imagine how a new car, so spectacular at an auto show stand, will look six months later, in the evening, in the rain on a rural road.” Paul Braque is still a romantic, of course - "in the evening, in the rain, on a rural road" … It would be better to imagine how the LF-30 will look on a March morning in the parking lot near Pyaterochka in Golyanovo!
And by the way, about shopping trips. Lexus developers decided to equip the LF-30 with helper drones that will pick up bags from the trunk and fly with them to the desired entrance. What can I say … It sounds even worse than the consequences of the pension reform. Just think of hundreds of drones scurrying back and forth with string bags dangling from below, and the beautiful doesn't seem so beautiful anymore …
After such a trash, the built-in autopilot of the LF-30 does not surprise at all. The Lexus of tomorrow can drive itself without driver involvement (autonomy level 5), but if you want to drive yourself, the car will not object. Incidentally, the four hub motors provide impressive dynamics. Total power 544 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm, the Lexus LF-30 fires up to hundreds in 3.8 seconds. Quite a result for a car weighing more than two tons, which, moreover, does not position itself as a sports car at all.
By the way, it is curious that the LF-30 transmission is implemented in such a way that the car can be front- and rear-wheel drive. But this, of course, is not the only cool feature of the promising Lexus electric car. We have prepared for you a detailed video about the LF-30, in colors and paints, telling about its coolest chips. Induction charging, rooftop infotainment screen, rim lights, portable washer key and more.
And here, in fact, only one question remains - do you believe that in just ten years, electric cars will completely replace the usual cars with an internal combustion engine from the roads? Or is it still too early to bury gasoline with a diesel engine?