25 June 2022
The passionate and knowledgeable crowds at the Goodwood Festival of Speed are giving an enthusiastic reception to the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept, which is making its European debut at the world-famous automotive celebration this weekend.
This unique model represents Lexus’s vision for an all-electric, high-performance sports car, a foretaste of what the future might hold as the company evolves to become a luxury brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles.
The Lexus Electrified Sport Concept is proving a highlight for visitors to Electric Avenue, a display zone dedicated to zero emission electric vehicles. Admirers have been quick to discern elements of the car’s dramatic styling that echo the celebrated and ultra-rare Lexus LFA.
Where that hand-built supercar of the last decade was characterised by its powerful and acoustically thrilling naturally aspirated V10 engine, the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to a new era of sports models that fully exploit the design freedoms, performance and handling potential provided by an all-electric drivetrain. Lexus anticipates a production version of the concept could be capable of 0-62mph acceleration in the low two-second range, while potential use of new solid state battery technology could secure a driving range of more than 430 miles.
While the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept looks to the future, the festival is also showcasing Lexus EVs of the present on Electric Avenue: the newly revealed RZ 450e mid-size SUV and the UX 300e compact crossover.
The all-new RZ 450e received its world premiere in April and will go on sale in the UK and Europe later this year. A luxury SUV, it is the first Lexus electric vehicle to be developed from the ground up. It uses a new Lexus electric vehicle architecture that includes a new EV-dedicated platform that provide high body rigidity and a low centre of gravity – qualities that help ensure the comfort, control and confidence that are central to the Lexus Driving Signature. It also provides a long wheelbase that allows for a very spacious cabin. The powerful lithium-ion battery unit is fully integrated in the chassis, beneath the cabin floor, its quality finely controlled to ensure performance is maintained long-term.
The UX 300e is an all-electric version of the Lexus UX compact SUV. Launched in the UK in 2021, it has been the pioneer of the Lexus Electrified strategy, combining zero emission performance with the takumi craftsmanship, quality and refinement that are hallmarks of the brand. Its EV system uses a lithium-ion battery, housed beneath the vehicle floor so that a low centre of gravity is maintained. The electric powertrain produces 201bhp/150kW and gives the car a driving range of up to 196 miles (WLTP combined cycle figure).