Toyota’s luxury division Lexus has elaborated a very interesting full-size origami replica of the IS sedan. It was created in collaboration with LaserCut Works and Scales and Models by using 1,700 sheets provided by DS Smith. Lexus was in charge of providing a digital 3D model of the car to ensure the authenticity of the replica and they used no less than 1,700 sheets that were cut with the help of a laser and then manually applied.
In order to preserve the original look, Lexus had to issue a reference number for each of the sheets before the assembly started. The entire project required around three months of work and to put the pieces together they used a water-based/wood glue that was left to set for approximately 10 minutes to make sure all of the pieces stay together.
The end result is truly astonishing as the exterior certainly looks the same as the real deal while the level of detail inside the cabin is breathtaking, with even the smallest details perfectly replicated using sheets that are only 10 mm thick.
To make it even more impressive, Lexus fitted the IS full-size origami replica with an electric motor installed on the sedan’s steel and aluminum frame, thus turning it into a vehicle that can actually be driven, but obviously this will remain as a one-off project to demonstrate the skills of the company’s takumi craftsmen and women.
Lexus has plans to show is origami work of art later this week in Birmingham, United Kingdom at the National Exhibition Center (NEC). It should be mentioned all of the 1,700 sheets used for this project are entirely recyclable and the origami replica is part of the company’s Creating Amazing global brand campaign and comes after the recent reveal of another interesting concept: the hoverboard.