- Festival visitors are the first in Europe to enjoy a close-up view of the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept
- Unique concept draws an enthusiastic response, with styling and presence that evoke memories of the Lexus LFA supercar
- Lexus’ presence on Goodwood’s Electric Avenue also includes the soon-to-be-launched, all-new RZ 450e battery-electric SUV and the all-electric UX 300e compact crossover
This unique model represents Lexus’ vision for an all-electric, high-performance sports car, a foretaste of what the future might hold as the company evolves to become a luxury brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles.
The Lexus Electrified Sport Concept is proving a highlight for visitors to Electric Avenue, a display zone dedicated to zero-emission electric vehicles. Admirers have been quick to discern elements of the car’s dramatic styling that echo the celebrated and ultra-rare Lexus LFA.
Where that hand-built supercar of the last decade was characterised by its powerful and acoustically thrilling naturally aspirated V10 engine, the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to a new era of sports models that fully exploit the design freedoms, performance and handling potential provided by an all-electric drivetrain. Lexus anticipates a production version of the concept could be capable of 0-100 km/h acceleration in the low two-second range, while potential use of new solid-state battery technology could secure a driving range of more than 700 km.
While the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to the future, the festival is also showcasing Lexus EVs of the present on Electric Avenue: the newly revealed RZ 450e mid-size SUV and the UX 300e compact crossover.
The all-new RZ 450e received its world premiere in April and will go on sale in many markets soon. A luxury SUV, it is the first Lexus electric vehicle to be developed from the ground up. It uses a new Lexus electric-vehicle architecture that includes a new EV-dedicated platform that provides high body rigidity and a low centre of gravity – qualities that help ensure the comfort, control and confidence that are central to the Lexus Driving Signature. It also provides a long wheelbase that allows for a very spacious cabin. The powerful lithium-ion battery unit is fully integrated in the chassis, beneath the cabin floor, its quality finely controlled to ensure performance is maintained long-term.