Lexus Prepares Designs for Lunar Mission
Much like Nike and Tesla, Lexus is taking a step further in sharing their visions for the future.
Document Journal, a New York based culture, arts, and fashion magazine, has invited a selection of some of today’s most influential architects and designers to contribute to the Lunar Design Portfolio.
ED2, the European Advanced Design Studio for Toyota and Lexus dedicated to advanced concept proposals and groundbreaking design, was selected to contribute a lunar mobility concept. The studio created a series of 7 concept vehicles from 5 different designers, a full lineup of futuristic space vehiicles ready to take on the lunar landscape and conquer the moon. The designers based their compositions on the recently released LF-30 Future Concept vehicle.
”When Document Journal approached us about the Lunar Design Portfolio, our team was working on the LF-30 Concept, which represents the “Lexus Electrified” futuristic vision for Lexus. The design team was already looking beyond near-term production and ahead to how advanced technology will change the way we interact with vehicles,” said Ian Cartabiano, President of ED2. “The lunar project came at the right time, half way through the LF-30 development. It gave the team a chance to dream further out, and then apply some of the design language from the LF-30 interior to their lunar proposals.”
The seven concept vehicles are as follows:
Zero Gravity by Karl Dujardin
The design of the Zero Gravity concept represents the Lexus Future through reinterpretation of the signature spindle form. For Zero Gravity, the spindle grille becomes a 3D spindle architecture, and sharp and square edges transform into fluid and curved surfaces, creating a mysterious design language.
Lexus Cosmos by Jean-Baptiste Henry
A transportation concept designed for both space and the lunar surface, the Lexus Cosmos features a fully sculpted glass shape that functions as a massive observatory to not only enjoy the view, but also explore the low gravity phenomenon.
Bouncing Moon Roller by Julien Marie
A bouncing moon roller protected by a flexible graphene nanotube based bubble, this structure allows the space roller to jump and roll with any angle over a wide range of terrain.
Lexus Lunar Cruiser by Keisuke Matsuno
“Lunar Cruiser” is a multipurpose vehicle for land and sky use the moon. It has large tires that provide comfortable movement even on rough lunar conditions and can turn 90 degrees to fly like a drone.
Lexus Lunar Mission by Yung Presciutti
The Lunar Mission is for people to the first fly to reach and walk on the moon. The design integrates a liquid side body, which can reflect the universe while flying toward the moon. The wings are the iconic spindle shape integrated with the Lexus symbol mark as a main geometry.
Lexus Moon Racer by Yung Presciutti
The Moon Racer is dedicated to the varied peaks of the lunar surface. This recreational vehicle is made for one human who wants to enjoy the effects of the lower gravity in an amazing spot.
Lexus Lunar by Yung Presciutti
Lexus Lunar is a massive transport vehicle designed to explore and discover the moon safely. The vehicle is divided into two parts: the bottom consists of a platform with 6 rugged wheels to give the freedom to go wherever you want.
Karl Dujardin’s Zero Gravity was the concept sketch selected to appear in the print issue of the magazine. The concept vehicles will appear on the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of the magazine.