Obviously my interest was going to be stimulated by an e-mail from Lexus consisting of a lot of design sketches from ED 2, its European Advanced Style Studio thinking about what we might drive on the moon.
The styles– 7 in overall– were produced by the style studio for an art and style publication called Document Journal, which invited a variety of designers to envision what life might be like on the moon. In Lexus’ case, the motivation was the company’s current LF-30 concept vehicle; you might remember if from our coverage of in 2015’s LA Automobile Show.
” When Document Journal approached us about the Lunar Design Portfolio, our group was working on the LF-30 Idea, which represents the “Lexus Electrified” futuristic vision for Lexus. The style group was already looking beyond near-term production and ahead to how sophisticated innovation will alter the method we interact with cars,” said Ian Cartabiano, President of ED 2 “The lunar task came at the right time, half way through the LF-30 development. It provided the team an opportunity to dream even more out, and after that use a few of the design language from the LF- 30 interior to their lunar proposals.”
The six-wheeled Lexus Lunar is possibly the most convenient design I might picture cruising around on the Sea of Harmony and better incorporates Lexus’ hourglass-shaped grille than any of the OEM’s present road automobiles. The Lexus Moon Racer and Lexus Lunar Cruiser are both four-wheeled vehicles; one a sleek pod with hexagonally faceted tires, the other is able to rotate its tires by 90 degrees “to fly like a drone,” which is puzzling because of the wheels are implied to become lift rotors then surely that would need some sort of environment to work.
Things begin getting a little weirder with Zero Gravity, a hover bike that would not keep an eye out of place on Naboo. The Bouncing Moon Roller looks a bit like those pods from among the recent Jurassic Park movies, with a gyroscopic cell safeguarded by a “flexible graphene nanotube-based bubble.” Then there’s the Lexus Lunar Objective, which is a flying vehicle that feels the most phoned-in, and finally the Lexus Cosmos, which might be most in your home on the planet( s) of Iain M. Banks.
Noting image by Lexus