Always a manufacturer to push boundaries and try something new, Lexus has now created the world’s first origami-inspired car. Based on its IS saloon, the vehicle has been crafted from 1,700 sheets of precision-cut card.
The full-size sculpture has been produced as a celebration of the human element of Lexus craftsmanship. The recyclable model went on display at the Grand Designs Live show held at the NEC in Birmingham between October 8 and 11.
The Japanese firm strived to create a replica as close to the standard IS as possible. The origami-IS is driveable, and features a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, working headlights and rolling wheels. A steel and aluminium frame under the body holds the electric motor that powers it.
Lexus enlisted the help of LaserCut WORKS and Scales and Models to complete the project, two specialist companies with experience creating architectural models and specially commissioned pieces. The automaker supplied both with a digital 3D model of the IS which was used to produce the digital profiles needed to laser cut each component. Once each ‘slice’ had been cut, the car was assembled by hand and held together using a water-based wood glue. In total, the card IS took three months to build.
Paper folding has already played a part in the creation of Lexus’ production cars. The manufacturer’s master carmakers, known as the ‘Takumi’, sharpen their dexterity by learning how to fold paper using their non-dominant hand to create an origami cat.
To admire the non-card IS saloon and all other superb models from the brand, please enquire with Johnsons Lexus in Liverpool and request a test drive.