Inspired by origami, Lexus partnered with Lasercut Works, a British prototype design company, to create a 1:1 model of the Lexus IS. It isn’t just the body and chassis, either. Everything from the steering wheel to the seats to the dashboard is rendered out of 10 mm-thick cardboard.
The wheels roll, the doors open, the headlights turn on. And owing a to a discrete steel and aluminum frame, an electric motor was installed, allowing the car to actually drive. Although after seeing what a crash in a real car looks like at just 5 miles per hour, we wouldn’t recommend it.
Each piece of the Lexus was precision cut by laser, using the exact same 3D CAD drawings used to create the production IS you see rolling around on the streets. In total, 1,700 sheets of cardboard were used and each piece was affixed using a water-based glue that took 10 minutes to dry after every application.
The cardboard Lexus IS will be on view at the Grand Designs Live show in Birmingham, England starting October 8. See more pictures of the car below.