Lexus applies fuel cell technology in the new LF-FC Concept
Lexus' future idea of a flagship sedan may take the form of a technologically-advanced and fuel efficient automobile. The company appears to be nearing that prospect after debuting the LF-FC Concept at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
Billed by the company as a peek into the future of their design and technology direction, the concept car sports a new styling theme and a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.
Seen at the front is the brand's signature spindle grill design that is now flanked by new 'floating' LED daytime running lights and reshaped headlights. The side is dominated by a muscular doors, sleek sideskirts and 21-inch aluminum wheels that come with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The rear on the other hand has a very prominent design along with T-shaped taillights.
Size-wise, it measures 5,300mm long, 2,000mm wide and 1,410mm tall.
Inside, a two-section dashboard immediately greets both driver and passenger/s. The dashboard is devoid of analog controls and features a wide display which shows audio controls and the climate control system. Manipulating the onboard system can be done via hand gestures. Located at the center console is a holographic display that can indicate where the system can interpret one's gestures.
Both the front and rear seats are upholstered in aniline leather, with the latter benefitting from a reclining feature that offers plenty of head and knee room.
Propelling the LF-FC concept is a high output fuel cell powertrain that delivers power to the rear wheels and front in-wheel mounted motors. This allows the system to deliver precise torque distribution between the front and rear tires, allowing better handling and improved stability according to Lexus.
In addition, the powertrain itself is spread throughout the concept car for optimized handling. The rear houses the fuel cell stack, power control unit sits at the front, and the hydrogen fuel tanks are placed in the center.
Output rating of the concept car however was not released by Lexus.