Lexus unfolds the origami car

This week’s video comes from Lexus, which has commissioned a vehicle that won’t meet Euro NCAP standards and will probably fall apart in the rain.

London-based LaserCut Works and Scales and Models built the so-called Origami Car – a working replica of a Lexus IS – almost entirely from card.

Lexus’ Origami Car has a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights, rolling wheels and an electric motor mounted on its steel and aluminium frame.

 

To build the one off commission, Lexus gave the team a digital 3D model of the IS, which was then divided into a series of parts including the main body, dashboard, seats and wheels.

These were then digitally rendered in 10mm slices to provide the two-dimensional profiles needed to laser cut each of the 1,700 sheets of 10mm-thick of cardboard.

Each layer was given its own reference number to help ensure it was assembled in the right sequence and the entire assembly was done by hand.

The vehicle will be revealed to the public at the Grand Designs Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 8 October.