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Watch Toyota Weave The LFA's Chassis From Carbon Fiber (w/Video)

This would have made home ec so much cooler.

In order to cost-effectively build their Lexus LFA super car from carbon fiber, Toyota devised a novel means of construction: design a loom capable of weaving three-dimensional parts.

After being woven in the complex loom (which looks like a spinneret from some enormous alien spider), the carbon fiber pieces are molded into shape and glazed before hardening into their final form. Considering carbon fiber makes up about 65 percent of the car, coming up with an effective way to manipulate the substance seems like a good move; it just so happens the method Toyota devised is also pretty damn cool to see in action, as you can check out in the video below.

On another LFA-related note, Toyota just announced today that the first production models of the car have begun leaving the factory in Japan. Yes, that's right—while every automotive publication under the sun has already had a chance to drive it and test it, customers are only getting their hands on their roughly $375,000 supercars now. If you're not one of the lucky 500 buyers, however, you can still design one to your whims at Lexus's LFA car configurator.

[via Automotive World, YouTube]

COMMENTS
  • mexicola says:
    January 20, 2011 at 4:27 am
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    japanese thinking maximum power!!! this is really awesome, this opens the door to a whole new set of applications. good thinking japs

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