Lexus RC F Chief Engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi plans to make continual improvements to his new super-coupe — from an interview with Motoring Australia:
“We are already thinking about some changes to make for next year,” he confirmed via an interpreter.
“The objective is to make the car more fun to drive. If you make the car go too fast then the human being won’t be able to catch up with it.
Intriguingly, he did concede there was more power to be eked from the engine, without resorting to forced induction.
“We think we can get a little more out of it,” he said.
“It’s really about increasing the rpm to be able to gain more horsepower, so if we were to increase the rpm then we would have to look at using what components to be able to meet the rpm increase… so at that time we would also have to review the cost etcetera. So right now it is set.”
Yaguchi-san followed a similar development schedule with the IS F, where year-over-year improvements gradually transformed the vehicle into a very strong performance contender.
(Kaizen, or continuous improvement, is a key component in the Toyota Production System, and it’s very interesting to see the concept applied so dramatically to a vehicle year-over-year. Exciting things ahead.)
[Source: Motoring Australia]