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Lexus Zero Gravity Concept shoots for the moon

Lexus Zero Gravity Concept shoots for the moon

23.01.2020: All the thrill of high-speed space exploration in Lexus’ new Zero Gravity concept design Karl Dujardin’s dream machine was the top pick from a series of lunar vehicle ideas from leading international designers and architects

    All the thrill of high-speed space exploration in Lexus’ new Zero Gravity concept design


    Karl Dujardin’s dream machine was the top pick from a series of lunar vehicle ideas from leading international designers and architects


    Design sketches developed at ED2, Lexus’ European advanced design centre


    Final renderings inspired by the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept car


    Selected for inclusion in the international art and design magazine Document Journal’s Lunar Design Portfolio







Zero Gravity is a Lexus like no other, a motorbike-style machine that will rocket above the surface of the moon at 500 km/h. It delivers speed, thrills, future tech and, of course, the coolest Lexus design.



It might not be a production model (yet), but it’s been created in striking image form by the team at Lexus’ ED2 European advanced design studio and has all the hallmarks of a Lexus “Amazing Experience.”



Even though they were breaking free from all the usual rules for creating luxury cars, the designers were able to draw directly on their latest ground-breaking work, the futuristic Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept.



The original idea for Zero Gravity came from Karl Dujardin and was the top pick from among a series of concepts put forward by leading international designers and architects from outside the automotive world. Their work is rich in imagination, focusing as much on the “driving” fun to be had in the low-gravity lunar environment as on the practicality of getting from A to B across a rough and untamed landscape.



They were responding to a call from the international art and design magazine Document Journal for ideas about how a future lunar world might look. Seven were chosen to be developed at ED2 and included in the magazine’s Lunar Design Portfolio.



“The design team was already looking beyond near-term production 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 and apply some of the design language from the LF-30’s interior to the lunar proposals.”



Zero Gravity is a single-rider vehicle that’s driven like a motorcycle but which uses magnetic levitation to hover above the ground – a technology already used by Lexus in the real world for its unique hoverboard project. It might be a futuristic machine, but it’s controlled with same kind of direct communication you find between a rider and their horse – a new Lexus concept called Tazuna (tazuna is a Japanese word for rein). The result is real sense of the rider being connected to their machine, adding to the enjoyment factor of every lunar journey.





- Etienne Plas, photo Lexus

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