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Origami-Celebrate This Christmas With a Very Special Lexus LFA Made of Paper

Merely a decade ago, Lexus was not only a premium Japanese automaker but also a fully-fledged supercar maker. The honor didn’t last very long, though, as the company quickly retired the LFA after two years of production. Now, the carmaker fondly remembers that December month of 2010 when the first unit was made and invites us to celebrate with a special LFA... made of paper.
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The company is no stranger to origami, the renowned Japanese culture of paper folding. Five years ago, Lexus presented a full-size depiction of its then-current IS business sedan made from paper. And in the summer of 2020, the Lexus Creates initiative challenged the brand’s fans to test their origami skills alongside UK-based origami artist Coco Sato.

Now the company has decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the LFA with another origami-inspired challenge. While the 500-unit production run of the original LFA is long gone in collector vaults, there’s no reason to fret about not having around £500k (around $665k at the current exchange rates) to splash on your own example.

Sure, Lexus proposes a rather quirky alternative – they're giving us the blueprints for creating a scale paper model of the real thing, DIY-style. The reason why the company keeps coming back to origami from time to time is that Lexus also uses the art as a test for the discovery of potential “takumi” master craftspeople that build its most important models created within its factories.

Mind you, it’s no easy feat; Lexus says the origami job interview consists of challenging the candidates to folding an origami cat in no more than 90 seconds while using just one hand – the non-dominant one! Fortunately, for the Lexus LFA paper model there are no time constraints attached to the build, which should be great for a little rest and relaxation during the coming holiday.

By the way, the detailed instructions on how to build the paper model are in the attached press release you can find below, while the needed templates are part of the gallery of images from above.




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