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Hype Review: Logitech G920 For Xbox One (Video)

Posted on 11.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Back in the day the Logitech G27 was the wheel to have if you were a serious racing game player be it console or PC.  The only downside is that if you happened to own an Xbox 360 you were out of luck since the G27 wasn’t compatible with it.  People wanted the G27 for the Xbox 360’s so bad that there were even elaborate mods done to force the G27 to work but it was never quite ideal.  Logitech didn’t want to exclude Xbox owners in this new console generation so they released a new wheel, the G920 for the Xbox One.

Internally, the G920 is the same as the G27 but updated with new sensors to make steering more accurate.  I had a chance to use the wheel for a short while during E3 this year but it wasn’t nearly enough time to give an honest review.  Luckily Logitech reached out and was kind enough to send over a wheel for just that purpose!  Below is a video of a full review of the new Logitech G920 for Xbox One.  In the review I test the wheel on three games: Forza Motorsport 6, Project CARS, F1 2015.  How did the wheel do?  Which game did it work the best on?  All of that is in the video review below!

Logitech G920 Review:

Here is the TL;DR:

I ranked the games by how well the wheel worked with them so I’ll start with that.

1st: Project CARS (Logitech worked with Project CARS devs so the wheel worked seamlessly)
2nd: Forza Motorsport 6 (worked well but brake needed adjustment)
3rd: F1 2015 (can’t adjust steering rotation ratios)

Now for the pros and cons.

-Looks great
-Good force feedback
-Light weight
-Easy to find at retail

-A bit too expensive. ($399 is the MSRP but it is on sale now at Best Buy and Amazon for $349)
-No external shifter included (can be bought separately for $59)
-Not wireless
-Pedals are not adjustable

So there you have it, my opinions and experiences using the Logitech G920.  Hopefully this information will help you decide if you think this wheel is worth purchasing!


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SEMA 2015: Toyota Turns A Sienna Minivan Into A Track Day Weapon (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What if I told you that someone made a track car out of a Minivan?  What if I went onto tell you that despite that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro?  What if I continued to tell you that same minivan out lapped a V8 Camaro despite having a stock V6 engine?  You would probably think I was a liar or crazy…Or a crazy liar.  Yet, this is all true.  The track minivan part not me being a crazy liar.  Anyhow, for SEMA Toyota reached out to performance shop DG-Spec to see if they could turn a Sienna minivan into something that could hold its own at the track.  Not only did DG-Spec create a Sienna that could hold its own, they created one that could out pace a sport tuned muscle car by over a second!  The crazy part is that DG did little to nothing with the Sienna’s engine.  They focused their efforts on breaking and suspension.  By out handling other cars the Minivan dubbed the Sienna R-Tuned Concept can out pace its competitors by cornering faster.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the Sienna R-Tuned build check out the video below.  You can also find a 20+ picture gallery and a press release with more info.  You really do want to watch the video.  Trust me you will love seeing this thing in action.



Press Release:

Toyota Sienna R-Tuned Concept Pushes the Limits at Toyota’s 2015 SEMA Display

Sienna with Stock Engine and Transmission Outpaces Camaro SS
November 03, 2015
2015 SEMA/Toyota – Sienna R-Tuned Concept Specs

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015—Why turn a Sienna minivan—the least likely product in the Toyota lineup—into a performance vehicle? It’s one thing to make an LFA supercar go fast around a racetrack. People expect that. But no one sees a Sienna coming.

People’s perception of just how much fun you can have driving a family hauler will change dramatically when they see the Toyota Sienna R-Tuned concept, which made its debut today at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display.

Toyota Technical Center collaborated with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec to modify a stock Sienna SE “Swagger Wagon” with performance tires, wheels, brakes, double-adjustable shocks with racing springs, and a clutch-type limited-slip differential to deliver radically enhanced performance.

The result? Even though the concept uses the Sienna’s stock 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, it has outpaced even a 6.2-liter V8 Camaro SS on the test track. At the Streets of Willow Springs, just north of Los Angeles, the Sienna R-Tuned turned a blistering 1:27 lap time, sailing past the 6.2-liter V8 Camaro by a full second around the 1.7-mile sports car course.

“When we produced the Sienna SE, we started moving in the direction of more sportiness beyond what you would find in a family hauler,” said Andrew Lund, chief engineer for the Sienna at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “With the Sienna R-Tuned, we wanted to see if we could create a vehicle that would push the limits even farther. We definitely proved that it’s possible.”

When asked how the Sienna R-Tuned could go faster than a 426-horsepower sports car, Lund said, “We looked at the overall dynamics of the vehicle, and made adjustments to make the vehicle handle and brake better. The Sienna R-Tuned simply carries more speed through the corners.”

Yet the Sienna R-Tuned isn’t a vehicle that can only be handled by a professional driver. When tested by a select group of everyday drivers, they were truly surprised at how easy it is to drive. People felt more confident, more in control and more secure behind the wheel.

The Sienna R-Tuned can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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SEMA 2015: Acura Restores Ludacris’ Prized ’93 Legend Sedan (Video)

Posted on 11.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Galpin Auto Sports 2016 Acura ILX & Ludacris Legend

There are a lot of famous and successful people who have come from humble beginnings.  Because they come from such beginnings they tend to appreciate the fruits of their labor a little more than someone born into it.  Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is one such person.  Back when he was first making his way in the music industry he used the money from a few of his very early successes and bought a 1993 Acura Legend.  Luxurious and sporty, Ludacris felt that the car fit his personality.  He loved the car and took really good care of it and spent a lot of time in it.  In fact much of his first few albums were written in that car.  Despite blowing up and becoming world famous and having the money to buy Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches he still kept his Acura Legend and still drove it often.

Unfortunately, during one of those drives he got into a wreck which beat up his beloved Legend pretty badly.  Acura heard about this and decided to step in to help.  They took Ludacris’ Legend (which had well over 200k miles on it) and restored it to its original condition (with a few extra mods).  On top of that they also enlisted the builders at Galpin Auto Sports to build a one-off 2016 ILX Sedan for the rapper as well.

You can See Ludacris’ reaction to his newly restored Acura Legend below as well as get a look at what Galpin did with the 2016 ILX.

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SEMA 2015: Mazda Creates “Speedster” And “Spyder” From New MX-5

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Roof you say?  Mazda says they need no such thing!  Mazda has built two special edition one-off MX-5s and neither of them have a roof or a conventional top.  Why?  Because weight that’s why!  The main message of the MX-5 Speedster concept and MX-5 Spyder concept is “lightweight”.  Both of these custom iterations of the MX-5 are all about losing pounds and gaining driving pleasure.  Notice how I didn’t mention any addition of power?  That is because the builders at Mazda wanted to keep things as well balanced as possible.  Both the MX-5 Speedster and Spyder retain the stock SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter engine but have received their own respective aerodynamic and suspension tweaks to sharpen up handling and increase grip.

Of the two I would probably say that the Speedster is my favorite since its roofless throwback styling matches so well with the lines of the new MX-5 and the color is pretty fresh!  The Spyder does have something of a cover (which Mazda refers to as a “Bikini top”) but its very sparse compared to the standard convertible roof that normally comes with the MX-5.

Sadly, its unlikely that either of these MX-5 examples will be put into production but that doesn’t make them any less fun to drool over.  Click on the thumbnails below for larger pictures of Mazda’s custom MX-5’s and for more information a press release along with spec sheets for both cars can be found under the gallery.  Let us know what you think about this pair of MX-5’s in the comments or tweet your thoughts to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

  • MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts debut at 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

  • SEMA is the world’s largest speciality automotive product and tuning trade show.

  • Mazda North America collaborated with various aftermarket parts suppliers to create the concepts.


The 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas sees the debut of two design concepts based on the all-new Mazda MX-5. The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concepts take the MX-5’s lightweight fun-to-drive roadster doctrine a step further, reducing even more weight while accentuating open-air driving.

Designers drew inspiration from vintage roadsters. The MX-5 Spyder features a bikini top, Mercury Silver exterior, carbon fibre aero kit, grille intake, lightweight 17-inch Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II wheels and a Spinneybeck PRIMA natural full-grain leather interior. The MX-5 Speedster, meanwhile, pares the roadster back to the bare essentials – it even has a deflector in place of the windscreen – for an old school wind-in-the-hair sports car experience. Mazda took its weight-cutting passion to extremes with for example carbon fibre doors and seats as well as custom 16-inch RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights wheels. The Speedster tips the scales at only 943kg, and is also 30mm lower than the production MX-5 thanks to an adjustable coilover suspension.

“Both MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” said Ken Saward, design manager at Mazda North American Operations. He and his colleagues at Mazda collaborated with various aftermarket parts suppliers and performance shops to create the two concepts. “With the all-new 2016 MX-5, we have a clean sheet to show how the aftermarket can go wild on our flagship sports car while staying true to its mission.”

The MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are on display at Mazda’s stand in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. The SEMA Show is an annual trade event for automobile aftermarket specialty products organised by the Specialty Equipment Market Association. The 2015 event runs until the 6th November.

Selected specifications:

Mazda MX-5 Spyder
Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom Yokohama ADVAN Racing RS II 17 x 8 (42mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Yokohama ADVAN A048 225/45/17
Shocks: Adjustable coilovers
Weight:  1,043 kg
Exterior colour: Mercury Silver
Interior: Seats and doors trimmed in Spinneybeck PRIMA natural leather

Mazda MX-5 Speedster
Engine: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
Wheels: Custom RAYS 57 Extreme Gram Lights 16 x 8 (45mm offset)
Brakes: Front Brembo four-piston calipers with vented rotors
Tyres: Kumho Ecsta V710 225/50/16
Shocks: K&W adjustable coilover suspension
Weight:  943 kg
Exterior colour: Blue Ether
Seats: Lightweight carbon fibre seats developed by Mu-Len Delta Seat exclusively for the 2016 MX-5, trimmed in black Alcantara

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SEMA 2015: Lexus RC-F Sporting Pandem Widebody Kit Makes Its Very Orange Debut

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Just when you thought you were safe from the infamous Rocket Bunny a new brand from the Japanese aero stylist debuts this year at SEMA.   Rocket Bunny’s brand “Pandem” looks to be a division of Rocket Bunny/TRA Kyoto that will deal mostly with luxury cars with the first being the Lexus RC-F.  Now, this may look similar to something you saw last year but that was Rocket Bunny taking on the Lexus RC 350 F sport.  This is a slightly different animal and there are some styling cues that haven’t been seen before albeit subtle.  Either way though this is definitely an aggressive looking treatment for the already aggressive Lexus RC-F.  The 3M “Gloss Burnt Orange” vinyl wrap only does that much more to drive the message home that this car is meant to look fast and flashy all at once.

Beyond the visual stuff, actual performance modifications are relatively light.  An Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda intake and a Greddy Supreme SP dual exhaust are the only engine modifications to speak of.  Though other areas have been addressed nicely.  The stock suspension set up has been replaced with a KW Suspension Variant 3 coilover kit, the front brakes upgraded to Brembo monoblock 6-piston calipers, a 6-point custom interior roll cage by Evasive Motorsports, and a set of Volk Racing 20 inch TE37 “Ultra” wheels round out the upgrades.

All together this is a pretty decent build and while sparse on the performance side the total package comes together nicely.  Although this would be a tricky street car to pilot given the roll cage and wide proportions.  While it is never expressly mentioned by Lexus, I am thinking this car is likely meant for track days only.  For a full gallery of the Pandem Lexus RC-F check out the gallery below.  For more info there is a full spec sheet below the gallery.

Let us know what you think about the Pandem Lexus RC-F in the comments or tweet your opinions to us at @MotorworldHype!


Spec Sheet:


Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall  #LexusRCF


Custom Evasive Motorsports 6 point roll cage and rear cover panels
MV Design body work, kit installation and paint
Daily Visual 3M Gloss Burnt Orange wrap


Volk Racing TE-37 Ultra, Matte Blue Gunmetal  Front:  20 x 10”  Rear:  20 x 12”
Bridgestone Potenza tires


Brembo Performance
Front  6 Piston monobloc caliper, slotted type-3  405 x 34mm 2- piece floating disc assembly
Rear slotted type-3  345 x 28mm 2-piece floating disc assembly


• KW Suspension Varient 3 coilover kit


GReddy Supreme SP dual exhaust system •
Advanced Flow Engineering Takeda retain intake system
Sparco USA Grid Competition FIA approved race seats


• Pandem Custom RC F widebody GT kit

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SEMA 2015: Vaughn Gittin Jr Reveals 2016 RTR Ford Mustang Competition Car (Gallery)

Posted on 11.03.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


SEMA is not just the time of year to see all the new parts and goodies that you’ll soon be able to buy for your car but it is also the time when new race cars and liveries debut.  This is especially true when it comes to new Formula Drift cars.  It looks like the first new drift car debut out of the gate is Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s 2016 Ford Mustang RTR Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Nitto Tire.  Built on a 2016 Ford Mustang, Gittin’s competition spec drift car went on a major diet with the help of carbon fiber body panels which brings the car’s weight down to 2,800 lbs wet with 50/50 weight distribution.

Up front is a Ford Performance/Roush-Yates built 900HP 436ci V8 engine that will redline at 9,000RPMs thanks to some serious tuning and individual throttle bodies.  Outside the livery is similar to what Vaughn designed for 2015 but with new shape motifs and a bit more color thrown in for extra contrast.  Take a closer look at Vaughn’s new car by clicking any of the thumbnails below.  For more info you can read the official press release below the pictures.  What do you think of Vaughn’s new ride?  Do you like the new look or not?  Do you think this car will help Vaughn earn his second championship in 2016?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

Las Vegas, NV – World Champion Drifter and Professional Funhaver, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance, unveiled the competition-spec 2016 Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR drift car today at  Ford Motor Company’s annual press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, NV.

In January 2015, Vaughn debuted his prototype competition car, which his team used all year as a platform to meticulously develop the new competition-spec drift car for the 2016 Formula Drift season.

The competition car, built on the globally-available 2016 Ford Mustang platform and prepared at the RTR special projects lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, will utilize the confidence-inspiring independent suspension design featured in the all-new Ford Mustang, coupled with the sticky Nitto NT05 to ensure Vaughn will have the traction that he needs to drive in excess of 100mph sideways on any track put in front of him.

“It’s incredible to see how much drifting has progressed on all fronts in the last 10 years, It’s just crazy, the things we are doing on the track these days and I am pumped to have such an awesome car that will enable us to continue pushing the envelope,” mentions Vaughn. Consistent with Ford’s internal initiatives, the RTR team utilized modern light-weighting technology by using composites and other light metal alloys to drop the car to a near 2,800lbs wet with a 50/50 weight distribution.

Under the hood is a 436 cubic-inch Ford Performance/Roush Yates-built engine that revs to 9000 RPM and makes over 900 horsepower via individual throttle body injection breathing through K&N Performance Air Filters.  Vaughn shares his excitement on the car, “It’s crazy to think that I’m driving the equivalent of a 9-second drag racing car…. sideways. Needless to say, I’m pumped to get out there and have some fun!”

All the fun starts on Wednesday at SEMA when the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR will be at the Ford Out Front experience giving rides and putting on a show for fans and convention attendees all week long. This is the first time a competition car has been unveiled inside and then brought out to flex its muscles.

The car will make its competition debut in April at the first round of the Formula Drift Championship in Long Beach, CA.  Although the competition car won’t be available to the public, the new Mustang RTR will be available at select Ford dealers in the USA and Europe in the spring of 2016.

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Hype: Our Top 5 Scariest, Spookiest Cars From TV And Film

Posted on 10.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Tomorrow is Halloween AKA the day women use as an excuse to wear gloriously revealing costumes, AKA the last day before major retail stores can ignore Thanksgiving and put up all their Christmas decorations, AKA the day before the biggest candy sale of the year.  Anyway, Halloween is all about everything scary and creepy so I thought I would give you all a quick run down of my top five scariest cars from film and television.  Fair warning though I’m 80s kids so most of the cars on this list are from that era.  That may be more or less scary depending on who you ask…  Anyway here we go I’m going to start from #5 and work our way to #1!

5. Death Proof -1970 Chevy Nova


This is the most recent car (in a manner of speaking) on the list is the 1970 Chevy Nova from the Quentin Tarantino film “Death Proof”.  The short horror film revolves around three women who are on the hunt for a Dodge Challenger similar to the one from the classic film “Vanishing Point.”  Unfortunately for the women they get chased and terrorized by a psychopath driving a 1970 Chevy Nova stunt car that has been rigged to be “Death Proof”.  Basically this crazy killer things that as long as he is inside the car he can’t die.  He uses this belief as a green light to go on a murder spree.  Its pretty creepy!

4. Munster Koach -Ford Model T


OK so this car won’t be really scary or creepy to any adults but when I was a kid watching re-runs of “The Munsters” it got to be a little bit!  Today though I think this is one of the most awesome hot-rods ever created.  Movie Car legend George Barris was tapped to create a big scary hot rod for America’s favorite horror family and he transformed a Ford Model T into just that.  Dubbed the “Munster Koach” it took Herman Munster and his family on all kinds of crazy adventures.

3. Christine -1958 Plymouth Fury


If you are into scary movies and haven’t seen “Christine” then you are doing yourself a dis-service.  This flick is legit creepy!  Its about a car that is possessed and is bent on maiming and killing any human being that comes near it!  It starts off by closing its hood on someone’s hand and then it suffocates another person with its exhaust fumes!  And that’s just the beginning.  By the time this movie is over “Christine” racks up quite the body count.  To this day I still wonder if the classic cars I come across are inhabited by some type of evil spirit…

2. The Wraith -D 1984 Dodge M4s Turbo Interceptor


The Wraith is a pretty bad movie but its also pretty gruesome which is why it made my list.  Its all about a teen that comes back from the dead to get revenge on the gang of crazy street racers that killed him.  That sounds like a decent premise but where it all starts to get weird is that the teen comes back as some kind of weird daft punk reject looking dude driving a Dodge sports car prototype.  However, once the film gets to all the murder-y-bits then it starts to get disturbing.  If nothing else its still fun to see a group of d-bags get their come-up-ins.

1. Maximum Overdrive -1986 Semi-Truck


This is hands down one of the worst movies ever made.  Its story about how random machines come to life after being exposed to radiation after the Earth passes through the tail of a comet.  Seriously that’s what happens!  I know that sounds incredibly stupid but please understand something: I was like 5 years old when I saw this movie for the first time!  Also, the main villain of the film was a black semi-truck with a GIANT fiber glass green-goblin face on the front of it!  Also it played creepy carnival-like music whenever it showed up!  It was terrifying!! I was literally afraid of trucks for like a year after!

So, there you have it.  Those are my top five scariest cars.  Did any of those cars creep you out when you were younger?  Am I just crazy?  What do you think are the scariest cars you’ve ever seen?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.




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Hype: EAT SLEEP RACE “Boobs & Boost” Shirt To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on 10.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of my favorite things about the car culture is when all of its members band together for a cause that is greater than itself.  Popular gear-head apparel line EAT SLEEP RACE is doing their part by releasing a special edition of their “Boobs & Boost” shirt.  The shirt features pink ribbons, the symbol of breast cancer awareness.  100% of the proceeds from shirt sales will go to organizations fighting breast cancer.  Both shirts are $23.99 and can be found at the EAT SLEEP RACE online store.

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Hype: Lexus LF-FC Concept Is A Clue To The LS’ Future

Posted on 10.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Remember that headlight teaser Lexus released a short while ago?  Well, here is the rest of the car!  This is the Lexus “LF-FC Flagship Concept.”  As you can see its not a sports car or SUV but instead a luxury sedan that looks like it could be the next evolution for the current Lexus LS.  The LF-FC however, is Lexus’ vision for the future and that’s demonstrated through several conceptual design choices.  First off is the use of Lexus’ “L-finesse” design language.  I know, “L-finesse” sounds like a brand of shampoo but I do like what the design language has done in this instance.  The LF-FC really looks like its from the not too distant future without being too over the top.  It nicely blends smooth surfaces with a few hard edges.

The other nod to the near future comes in the interior which is the home of what Lexus calls the “Human Machine Interface”.  Seriously, that’s what they’re calling it…  Anyhow the Human Machine Interface allows, well, Humans to control functions of the car like infotainment and the A/C with hand gestures.  There are no buttons, knobs, or touch screens here.  Instead there is a holographic interface that can recognize gestures.

To really drive the point home Lexus explains that the LF-FC is hydrogen fuel-cell powered.  The fuel cell provides electricity to one main electric motor at the rear of the vehicle and two in-wheel motors at the front.  To help compensate for the extra weight inside the wheels, the rims themselves are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Obviously the LF-FC lives deep in the heart of “what-if land” but at the same time its not that hard to imagine some of this concept’s tech making it into production models, especially the fuel-cell bit.  Toyota (Lexus’ parent company) is already going full on with Hydrogen with the new Mirai vehicle so it isn’t hard to imagine that tech making its way to the Luxury offerings as well.  Although its pretty safe to say the whole Human Machine Interface hologram thing is quite a ways off.

To get a better look at the LF-FC check out the gallery below and the press release below that for more details.  Let us know what you think about the new Lexus concept in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.


Press Release:

October 28, 2015
TOKYO (Oct. 28, 2015) — Taking center stage in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Lexus revealed the LF-FC flagship concept, a visionary new vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedan.

“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology.  For us, it 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,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.

The LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies Lexus’ “L-finesse” design philosophy. From every angle, the sedan is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle.  An evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front, while floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front fenders. The rear is highlighted by striking new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the DRL. When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe,” suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads. The sporty 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.

The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained. When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.

Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.

At the heart of the LF-FC is a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.

Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.

LEXUS LF-FC Specifications

Length 208.7 in.
Width 78.7 in.
Height 55.6 in.


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Hype: Mazda Reveals RX-VISION Concept And It Is The Rotary We Were Looking For

Posted on 10.28.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The clouds have parted and a triangular beam of sunlight has broke through to answer the prayers of those who pray at the altar of Wankel!  Mazda has just revealed their latest concept (which was teased earlier this month) and they have confirmed that it is in fact a rotary-powered concept!

Dubbed the “RX-VISION” the concept is powered by what Mazda is calling the SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.  Although with this being a concept car not much was really discussed.  The RX-VISION is the newest KODO design language based concept from Mazda and it lends itself well to a sports coupe.  This thing is absolutely beautiful!  It carries hints of the classic Mazda Cosmo (the first Mazda sold in the US with a rotary engine) but also borrows some styling elements from the third gen RX-7 and RX-8.

Of course Mazda isn’t saying anything about the RX-VISION going into production and is sure to mention that rotary engine production is “on hold” but come on buddy… come onnn buddyyy… We all knew, as soon as Mazda announced the new concept was going to be displayed along a Cosmo, that they are going to make a rotary.

It looks like its only a matter of time now!  Again, details are scarce but I’ve included the press release below anyway.  See if you could glean any hidden details within.  You can also check out the gallery of official pictures.  Let us know what you think about the RX-VISION in the comments below!


Press Release:

Mazda Reveals Mazda RX-VISION Concept

Powered by next-generation rotary engine SKYACTIV-R, represents Mazda’s vision of the future

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the rotary-powered Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show*1 today. The rotary engine is a symbol of the company’s “never-stop-challenging” spirit.

RX-VISION represents a vision of the future that Mazda hopes to one day make into reality; a front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car with exquisite, KODO design-based proportions only Mazda could envision, and powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-R rotary engine.

Rotary engines feature a unique construction, generating power through the rotational motion of a triangular rotor. Overcoming numerous technical difficulties, Mazda succeeded in commercializing the rotary engine, fitting it in the Cosmo Sport (known as Mazda 110S overseas) in 1967. As the only automaker to mass-produce the rotary engine, Mazda continued efforts to improve power output, fuel economy and durability, and in 1991 took overall victory at 24 Hours of Le Mans with a rotary engine-powered race car. Over the years, the rotary engine has come to symbolize Mazda’s creativity and tireless endeavor in the face of difficult challenges.

While mass production is currently on hold, Mazda has never stopped research and development efforts towards the rotary engine. The next rotary engine has been named SKYACTIV-R, expressing the company’s determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology, just as it did when developing SKAYCTIV TECHNOLOGY.

“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand,” said Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, Masamichi Kogai. “Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”

*1 Open to the public from October 30 through November 8, 2015

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