SHINING EXAMPLE: This one-off Lexus RC F coupe is the result of a collaboration between Lexus Australia and creative agency M&C Saatchi. Image: Lexus
MELBOURNE, Australia - Driving a great car can stimulate the senses and quicken the heartbeat. Now Lexus has created a global first - a vehicle that directly translates the driver’s heart pattern into a striking visual display across the bodywork.
The one-off RC F high-performance coupe is the result of a collaboration between Lexus Australia and creative agency M&C Saatchi that has integrated various technologies into the car to monitor the driver’s heartbeat and use the data to send an electric charge through the bodywork.
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The body panels have been finished in an electro-luminescent paint produced by US specialist Luminor. It reacts to the charge with an intense glow, pulsing in the same rhythm as the driver’s heartbeat.
Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia’s chief executive, said: “This latest concept follows other innovative projects we have developed, among them smart outdoor advertising billboards that respond to the car you’re driving and the Lexus Hoverboard.
“The heartbeat car also links to another key part of Lexus – high-performance vehicles – via our F models and the emotional responses a machine such as the RC F can inspire in a person.”