Toyota’s LFA Works brought out of mothballs to make RC F carbon fiber parts

Lexus RC F, JDM spec

Lexus RC F, JDM spec

Lexus launched the stylish RC and its performant brother, the RC F onto the U.S. market a while ago. Today, it came home to Japan. Compared to the lavish U.S. festivities, the Japanese “reveal” was a low=-key affair: A red RC 300h,and a blue RC F were put in the lobby of Toyota’s Tokyo HQ, a few speeches, a photo-op, arigatou gozaimas, that was it. Actually, it was a teeny bit more festive than the usual extremely frugal JDM launches.

We won’t repeat what is already known. But there was one interesting tidbit: The mothballed LFA Works have been reactivated for the RC F. Hood and roof of the optional Carbon Fiber exterior package are manufactured with the equipment that made the fabled all-CFRP LFA in Toyota’s Motomachi plant.

The carbon fiber package will make the RC F 10 kilogram (22 lbs) lighter. It will also lighten the wallets of Japanese customers by some $7,700.