Behind-the-Scenes Look at Building the Lexus LFA

Inside the Lexus LFA Works

Lexus Magazine has put together an absolutely stunning photo essay that illustrates the process of building the LFA at the Motomachi plant in Japan — here are just a few of the 21 (!!!) slides:

Lexus LFA Works Motomachi Plant 1

Enter either of the two buildings at the Motomachi plant, where the LFA is made, and you’ll find your senses quickly overloaded. Despite its hangar-like size, the place is more premium body shop than factory: paint scents hang in the air, while heaters and air extractors hum steadily, punctuated by the whirs and bursts of torque wrenches. And then there’s the car. It can be seen in all stages of assembly here, from sheets of carbon fabric to the finished article—a captivating sight.

Lexus LFA Works Motomachi Plant 2

When the body shell components are complete, the surfaces are slightly roughened with a treatment of water and abrasives, which makes them ready for bonding. Then, for some parts, glue is applied by robot (one of the few around); after that, specialists apply glue to the remaining body shell parts and conduct initial inspections.

Lexus LFA Works Motomachi Plant 3

The last step inside the facility: post-assembly inspections, an elaborate affair conducted in a closed off room with a lighting arrangement designed specifically for the LFA. Here, the specialists check for secure fitting and perfect alignment of each car’s exterior components. If there’s 1/100th of a millimeter difference in, say, a panel gap from one side to the other, it’s adjusted to perfection.

Lexus LFA Works Motomachi Plant 4

After passing inspections, each LFA is turned over to test driver Nobuaki Amano, who has, without a doubt, one of the coolest jobs in the world: conduct LFA performance checks at the LFA Works’ test track. With each vehicle, he focuses on seven key areas at speeds up to 125 mph: controllability, driving feel, sound, brake performance, power, noise and vibration, and the function of parts.

From start to finish, this is a must-see gallery — there’s so much detail in every single photo. When you get a peek-behind-the-curtains like this, it really removes all questions as to why the LFA is such an expensive and exclusive automobile. One of my favorite LFA articles yet.

View the full photo essay