LEXUS BRINGS ELECTRIFIED EXCITEMENT TO THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
- Festival visitors are the first in Europe to enjoy a close-up view of the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept
- Unique concept draws an enthusiastic response, with styling and presence that evoke memories of the Lexus LFA supercar
- Lexus’s presence at Goodwood also includes the soon-to-be launched, all-new RZ 450e all-electric SUV, the all-electric UX 300e compact crossover and the plug-in electric hybrid NX 450h+
The Lexus Electrified Sport Concept is making its European debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place from 23 to 26 June in the grounds of Goodwood House in Sussex, England.
This unique model represents Lexus’s vision for an all-electric, high-performance sports car, a foretaste of what the future might hold as the company evolves to become a luxury brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles.
The Lexus Electrified Sport Concept is proving a highlight for visitors to Electric Avenue, a display zone dedicated to zero emission electric vehicles. Admirers have been quick to discern elements of the car’s dramatic styling that echo the celebrated and ultra-rare Lexus LFA.
Where that hand-built supercar of the last decade was characterised by its powerful and acoustically thrilling naturally aspirated V10 engine, the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to a new era of sports models that fully exploit the design freedoms, performance and handling potential provided by an all-electric drivetrain. Lexus anticipates a production version of the concept could be capable of 0-100 km/h acceleration in the low two-second range, while potential use of new solid state battery technology could secure a driving range of more than 700 km.
While the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to the future, the festival is also showcasing Lexus EVs of the present on Electric Avenue: the newly revealed RZ 450e mid-size SUV and the UX 300e compact crossover.
The all-new RZ 450e received its world premiere in April and will go on sale in the UK and Europe later this year. A luxury SUV, it is the first Lexus electric vehicle to be developed from the ground up. It uses a new Lexus electric vehicle architecture that includes a new EV-dedicated platform that provide high body rigidity and a low centre of gravity – qualities that help ensure the comfort, control and confidence that are central to the Lexus Driving Signature. It also provides a long wheelbase that allows for a very spacious cabin. The powerful lithium-ion battery unit is fully integrated in the chassis, beneath the cabin floor, its quality finely controlled to ensure performance is maintained long-term.
The UX 300e is an all-electric version of the Lexus UX compact SUV. Launched in 2020, it has been the pioneer of the Lexus Electrified strategy, combining zero emission performance with the takumi craftsmanship, quality and refinement that are hallmarks of the brand. Its EV system uses a lithium-ion battery, housed beneath the vehicle floor so that a low centre of gravity is maintained. The electric powertrain produces 204 DIN hp/150kW and gives the car a driving range of up to 315 km (WLTP combined cycle figure).