Based on a series of concept cars that began in 2005, the V-10-powered Lexus LFA supercar began production in December 2010 with a target production run of just 500 hand-crafted vehicles.
At a production rate of one car per day, the 500th LFA was completed two years later, on December 14, 2012. And true to the initial intent, that was the last one.
In addition to the standard-spec LFA, a "Nürburgring Package" model, intended for racing, was added to the mix in January 2012. The LFA has enjoyed some racing success, particularly in the 24-hours of Nurburgring, with Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, as one of its drivers.
Rather than keeping the final LFA for posterity in the company museum, Lexus says it will be delivered to the purchasing customer after undergoing inspection and road testing.
Future Lexus vehicles will reflect the technological skills gained during the development and production of the LFA, the company says.
In particular, it is said to have contributed to manufacturing know-how for carbon fibre reinforced plastic parts, as well as a philosophy of car design for delivering exhilarating and stimulating driving performance.