Toyota Transfers Learnings
This is the Lexus LFA:
It went out of production a couple years ago, after they’d produced 500 of them—by hand—in the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City.
The LFA is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that produces 553-hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 202 mph.
This is the Toyota Mirai:
It went into production a few months ago at the Motomachi Plant in Toyota City.
It is powered by an AC synchronous motor that produces 151 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 111 mph.
The LFA runs on premium fuel (95 octane or higher).
The Mirai runs on hydrogen.
Vastly different cars.
Yet the Mirai is being manufactured where the LFA used to be made.
One thing that the two cars do have in common is the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP construction).
On the LFA it is used for the chassis and body work. On the Mirai CFRP is used as the fuel cell stack frame, which includes the solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell and two high-pressure tanks (one 60 liters and the other 62.4 liters; both have a three-layer construction: plastic inner liner, CFRP middle layer for structure, and glass-fiber reinforced plastic outer).
Mirai fuel cell system install in Motomachi
Seems that what you learn one place can be deployed at another, even if the two ends seem vastly divergent.
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