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    Monday
    Apr052010

    Physics-Defying Feats

    Some ants can carry 10 times their weight. During any given moment of driving a car, thousands of actions occur; we'd like to highlight an especially marvelous one...  

     

    Recently, BMW engineers made a point we could not have made better, ourselves. They calculated if a 3-Series can stop from 60 mph to 0 mph in 2.5 seconds, it would take the equivalent of 2,500 horsepower to slow that amount of mass and inertia. For reference, a BMW 3 Series could have between 200-300 horsepower in its engine. That means, for the point of this exercise, brakes can be 10 times more powerful than the source of propulsion.

    This point is especially relevant to the discussion of alleged "unintended acceleration" in certain vehicles. Here's what one of our favorite blogs, Jalopnik, has to say on the matter:

    "What's this mean for unintended acceleration? Even if you couldn't shift the car into neutral, even if the throttle was stuck wide open, even if you couldn't turn the engine off, you could still stop the car by using the brakes, which can easily overpower the engine.

    Think this only applies to expensive cars from Germany and not cheap cars from Japan? The 2010 Toyota Prius's 60-to-0 time is only a couple hundredths of a second off the BMW's figure, still giving it huge equivalent horsepower numbers from its brakes."

    At this juncture, we'd like to introduce you to our F-Sport line of accessories, and specifically, the brakes. We can easily bolt a front pair or a full set of four to your car. The kit includes larger, cross-drilled rotors (for better cooling), larger calipers with more pistons (for stronger gripping), stainless steel brake lines (for more rapid response), and high performance pads (for effective application and dust reduction). The calipers even come painted a cool, blue color with the F-Sport logo... stylin'! 

     

    F-Sport makes some other, terrific accessories you can add to your current Lexus. We sell, install, and warranty all of them at the dealership. You can hear the howling, guttural noise of the IS350C F-Sport in the clip below:

    Friday
    Apr022010

    CT200h Overload

    We won't stop hitting you with pictures of the ct200h until someone shows us a cooler, smarter car for the money. We checked. No such cars exist. Period.

    Behold:

    The big news here is that brown is making a 1970's style comeback, only this time in a more elegant fashion. The exterior lineup includes the traditional favorites: Smokey Granite Mica, Matador Red Mica, Obsidian, Starfire Pearl, and Tungsten Pearl, and they are joined by some new blood: Daybreak Yellow Mica and Brown Spice Mica.

    In the interior department, we have the addition of a new brown tone, Caramel. We are also welcoming the addition of "NuLuxe" leather alternative, a space-age material that is new to Lexus.

    Stay tuned!

    Thursday
    Apr012010

    Introducing: Our Darker Side

    British auto journalist, Jeremy Clarkson, once famously said of the BMW M5, "One minute, there as no M5 in the world, and then, with no warning: there was." Every once in a while, a manufacturer introduces a car that, well... changes things. By now, you may have noticed that we expect the upcoming CT200h to be this sort of car.

    Lexus hopes so, too. They've launched a stand-alone website to promote the car and its badness. If the words "violence" and "suspense" appeal to you, check out that site here.

    The "Darker Side of Green" site also features a new extended length commercial short length film that gives us a little more of a taste of the vehicle's capabilities, or at least its evil tendencies.

    The car can move. The CT200h will feature front wheel drive, so it could become the first hybrid to develop a drift following. Stay tuned!

    Tuesday
    Mar302010

    A 70-Year-Old Ultimate Fighter!

    This Shihan will teach you the meaning of the word "respect"! John Lehner, a guest at the dealership, will be the first to tell you his life has had some texture. Through his trials, he has learned the value of discipline, self-development, restraint, and self-defense.

    At the spry age of 70, John continues to train in martial arts several times a week. He operates South Valley Oyama Karate school in San Jose, but says he prefers full-contact, mixed martial arts because, in his words, "It is more true-to-life."

    Here's a clip of John going through the motions of a routine:

    Today, John paid us a visit, and mentioned he had a video of a ninja version of William Tell knocking gourds out of someone's mouth and hands, whirling nunchucks at 120 miles-per-hour. Naturally, I feel compelled to share that video with you:

    John would also like to kindly remind us, "Remember breaking is a test of a student's capacity to break objects such as wooden boards, bricks to demonstrate technique, to toughen the striking surfaces of the body and to demonstrate the power and correct application of force. Some are spectacular feats!"

    We hope to host John and his crew for a self-defense seminar at the dealership sometime soon, so please let us know if you would be interested in attending such an event.

    Friday
    Mar262010

    Understated, Perhaps Underappreciated

    Today we celebrate an enduring design: the first generation Lexus SC300/SC400/Toyota Soarer. A car that, to this day, looks like no other on the road. That presence is no coincidence.

    Uncommon and unassuming shapes inspired the Lexus designers at the Calty Design Studio in Newport Beach, California. Whereas the architecture for most new car designs is blueprinted with pen and paper, the SC was borne from fluid shapes, moulded using plaster-filled balloons. These forms were morphed into the sculpture that eventually became the car's sheet metal, using three-dimensional software in an era when all other manufacturers were married to the two-dimensional programs of yore.

    The SC synthesizes Japanese sensibility and impeccable build quality with Californian joie de vivre. One can't help but experience the sensations associated with streamlined, traditional, classic sports cars in the prewar tradition when encountering the car.

    LIFE Magazine highlights the role of curves in emotional car design in their photographic series, "In Praise of Cars With Real Curves." This image depicts the definitively voluptuous post-war sportster, the 300SL "Gullwing", a spiritual predecessor to the SC:

    [Via LIFE] Full gallery available here.

    Let's take it back to our roots; here's the original dealer video from the launch of the original, iconic, and enduring Lexus SC: