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Lexus Design Study Would Make an Awesome Mid-Engined Racing Supercar

Lexus has been famous for a long time, but the company has only now become a hugely profitable separate entity. We think it's time they said "Thank you" to the people who bought their boring hybrids with something built just for the sake of it.
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An independent graphics designer called Matteo Gentile clearly has the right idea. And if he's just a design student right now, Lexus would be wise to hire him and put him in charge of the LFA successor.

Because it's not genetically related to anything the company currently makes, this unnamed study constantly reminds us of the Renault Sport R.S 01.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with that car, we'll tell you that it's sort of a one-off with the engine at the back that's designed to please crowds.

Even though the LFA looks like a normal mid-engined supercar, it's actually not. The 4.8-liter 1LR-GUE even firing V10 is in the same place you would find in under the hood of an Aston Martin or Mercedes-AMG.

Don't get us wrong, Lexus engineers pushed it as far as they could towards the middle. But there's something exotic about having your V-whatever lump in a different place than everybody else.

Getting back to the Lexus rendering, we just realized that we need to come up with a cool name for it, something that strikes fear deep into the hearts of its competitors. How about Lexus HRST, short for Hybrid Racing Supercar Test? That sounds very Japanese, so it will do.

The HRST has the trademark spindle grille at the front which flows all the way to the rear air intakes. A couple of gaping vents, some carbon fiber wings, and a giant spoiler will convince anybody who's not into cars that this rendering is based on a real machine.

So what do you say Big L, can we have the HRST mid-engined supercar by next spring? Thanks!

 
 
 
 
 

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