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LEXUS SVELA LO SPORT YACHT CONCEPT

LE ORIGINI

Alcuni anni fa, il Toyota Marine Departement ha invitato il Presidente di TMC Akio Toyoda a trascorrere alcuni giorni a bordo dei nuovi yacht Ponam Premium in vista del loro imminente lancio in Giappone. In qualità di esperto pilota, Akio Toyoda ha dichiarato di essere rimasto impressionato dalla potenza dei motori turbodiesel, dalla maneggevolezza e dalla stabilità dall'avanzata progettazione dello scafo. Il Presidente, in veste di Chief Branding Officer, ha capito che questa elegante gamma di yacht ad alte prestazioni poteva integrarsi perfettamente con lo stile di vita Lexus.

Questo ha portato il Marine Department a ripensare al modo in cui uno yacht ad alte prestazioni potesse sviluppare il brand Lexus in nuovi settori dello stile di vita e lo svago. Il 12 gennaio 2017 Lexus ha presentato il risultato di questo progetto: un prototipo perfettamente funzionante del Lexus Sport Yacht, a Di Lido Island nella Biscayne Bay, al largo di Miami Beach, Florida..

PROGETTAZIONE

Uno yacht sportivo è stato presentato al Lexus Design Centre di Toyota City, Giappone, per escursioni giornaliere di 6/8 persone, alimentato da motori V8 Lexus ad alte prestazioni, caratterizzato da un design avanzato e una maneggevolezza ottimale.

Nell'estate del 2015, i prototipi del team di progettazione sono stati valutati dal Senior Managing Officer Tokuo Fukuichi, anche Chief Officer dell’area Global Design e Presidente di Lexus International Co., da Shigeki Tomoyama, Senior Managing Officer per il Toyota Marine Department, e dal Presidente Toyoda in persona.

"Questo sforzo è prezioso perché stimola le nostre energie creative e spinge l’immaginazione verso possibilità di progettazione e uno stile di vita che vanno oltre la sfera dell'automobile, un settore che conosciamo alla perfezione." La proposta scelta ha continuato a essere perfezionata per tutto il 2015 quando il Marine Department ha avviato la costruzione e la messa a punto dei sistemi di bordo.

Il Lexus Sport Yacht presentato a Miami è un progetto esclusivo senza piani di produzione. Per la realizzazione dell’imbarcazione, il Marine Department ha selezionato il Marquis-Carver Yacht Group di Pulaski, in Wisconsin, affidandosi alla loro esperienza ingegneristica e realizzativa nonché alle loro capacità in fatto di grandi strutture composite lavorate a mano.es.

THE FEATURES

The design of the Lexus Sport Yacht concept has the upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure, each piece a single massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon fibre cloth, a composite material called carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, or CFRP.

CFRP is the technology used in the structure of race cars and supercars like the Lexus LFA, high-performance aircrafts, competition skis and bicycles, and world-class racing sailboats.

The Lexus Sport Yacht concept’s unique CFRP construction saves nearly 1,000 kg compared to a similar yacht in fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). The underwater hull design is stepped to reduce resistance or drag and improve handling balance at high speeds.

The concept is powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 gasoline engines based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engine of the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F sport sedan and the new LC 500 grand tourer.

Each engine produces over 440 horsepower / 446 DIN hp / 328 kW, driving the yacht at speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking.

The captain controls and monitors on-board systems from a colour touchscreen panel at the helm; screens show GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems. The captain’s seat is power adjustable; the armrests fold out to become jump seats on each side for very special guests.

The forward passenger cabin is inviting in luxurious Lexus leather with wood and glass details. A standing height, sofa seating for six with a table, and air conditioning create a comfortable environment for intimate entertaining.

The galley features a two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator; a beautifully finished head includes a shower.

An integrated audio-video entertainment system is fully networked, with 4G Wi-Fi & WAN. Sound reproduction is by Revolution Acoustics surface-mounted drivers using the ceiling panel as a transducer, powered by a Mark Levinson® Reference digital amplifier.

THE BACKGROUND

Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor Corporation, was founded in 1989 to develop and produce the finest cars ever built with a commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service. Lexus International was dedicated as a company-within-the-company in 2011 to coordinate all central strategy, planning, design, engineering and production for the brand.

The Marine Business Department of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) was founded in 1997 to develop premium yachts using advanced technology and quality control methods perfected in making Lexus luxury cars. Toyota Marine’s Ponam line has included fibreglass sport-fishing boats in 26- and 28-foot lengths, and luxury cabin-cruisers in 31-, 35-, 37- and 45-foot lengths with durable and quiet hulls of fully-welded A5083 aluminium alloy.

Ponam models are powered by high-efficiency turbodiesel engines based on those of Lexus GX 300d (3.0-liter turbodiesel 4 cylinder) and LX 450d (twin-turbo diesel 4.5-liter V8) luxury utility vehicles.

The Toyota Ponam line is the market-leader in the premium yacht industry in Japan. From 1998 to 2002, Toyota Marine also developed and produced the Epic line of fiberglass tournament ski boats and wakeboard boats, primarily for the US market, all powered by the 4.0-liter 1UZ-FE DOHC gasoline V8 from the Lexus LS 400 luxury sedan.

Marquis Yachts, LLC, is an independent privately-owned company in Pulaski, Wisconsin, that designs, engineers and manufactures the brands of Marquis Yachts and Carver Yachts. The pinnacle of the Marquis line is a 73 foot, three-level, luxury yacht with fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) hull, deck and superstructure.

For more information go to www.marquisyachts.com or www.carveryachts.com.