The next generation Lexus LS flagship could be powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology
Lexus has whipped off the sheets off the Lexus LF-FC Concept at the Tokyo motor show, and the big sedan is said to be a pointer to the Lexus’ next generation LS executive limousine which could be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
The concept car’s drive line consists of a high output fuel cell that drives the rear wheels and transmits power to two in-wheel motors upfront, making the Lexus LF-FC Concept all-wheel drive with equal torque distribution between the 21 inch carbon fibre reinforced plastic front and rear wheels allowing for optimal handling.
Lexus also claims that by mounting the fuel stack at the rear of the car, power control unit at the front and the t-shaped hydrogen tanks allow for ideal weight distribution.
Road safety hasn’t been neglected either, with the brand saying that the Lexus LF-FC Concept utilises technology that can scan the road ahead and take corrective action to help contribute to a world without car accidents.
Aesthetically, Lexus has further evolved their “L-Finesse” design language with the Lexus LF-FC Concept and there are floating LED daytime running lights at the front – think current generation IS and NX – and the same configuration has been replicated at the rear with the tail lamps.
The cabin’s human machine interface can recognise gestures for ease of use and a small hologram floats above the centre console signals where gestures can be recognised.
Lexus International President Tokuo Fukuichi said the Lexus team thought outside the luxury car box when developing the LF-FC “Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology [and] for us, it [the LF-FC] is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future.”