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Brief Published: 16 Oct 2015

Lexus: Drivable Cardboard Car


Inspired by origami, Japanese car manufacturer Lexus has collaborated with London-based companies Lasercut Works and Scales & Models to produce a fully functional replica of its IS saloon vehicle, constructed entirely out of cardboard.

Based on a digital 3D model of the IS, the design was divided into a series of parts – such as dashboard, seats and wheels – and then digitally rendered into 10mm-thick profile ‘slices’. These were used to precision cut the 1,700 sheets of corrugated cardboard needed to construct the vehicle.

Taking more than three months to build by hand, each cardboard slice was individually numbered to ensure it was assembled in the correct sequence. An electric motor was mounted onto a steel and aluminium frame to allow the car to drive. The vehicle also features a fully fitted interior, as well as functioning doors, headlights and rolling wheels.

We are increasingly seeing origami and geometrically inspired structures influencing design. For further inspiration, see our report Adapt, Fold & Transform.

For the latest developments emerging from the automotive industry, see our coverage of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show