Visitors to this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will witness the world debut of a new Lexus LC convertible prototype when it appears in action on the famous hill course.
The LC coupe has quickly established itself as one of the most sought-after and internationally acclaimed models Lexus has ever created, thanks to its combination of striking design, fine craftsmanship and exhilarating performance. The potential evolution of the range to include a convertible was signposted in January 2019 at the Detroit motor show, where Lexus revealed the LC Convertible concept.
Its design goal was to express ultimate beauty, and it provoked an enthusiastic response from industry experts and the public alike. Like the LC itself, the concept car was honoured on its debut with a prestigious EyesOn Design Award.
Long, low and lean, the LC convertible shares the coupe’s athletic proportions but projects its own distinct identity. Its large wheels and short overhangs signal its performance pedigree and rewarding driving experience. The prototype model is cloaked in masking at Goodwood, teasing the design details and dynamic capabilities of the full production version.
Professional race driver Nick Cassidy is scheduled to drive the LC convertible prototype up the Goodwood hill. He is currently a member of the Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S, competing in the GT500 class of Japan’s popular Super GT series. Following its Goodwood appearance, the prototype will be taken to other venues, helping its engineering team gather feedback.
Koji Sato, executive vice president of Lexus International, said: “The Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the history and culture of the automobile and serves as a gathering place for some of history’s most notable cars and drivers. Lexus is honoured to join this festival, and I could not be happier to unveil this prototype model of the LC convertible at the same venue where the LC coupe made its debut in 2016.”
Detailed specifications and timings for the LC convertible’s market introduction will be announced at a later date.