Lexus has created a life sized cardboard car that is 100% completely drivable. The origami inspired design is a full-scale replica of a Lexus IS and built entirely out of the corrugated paper material.
“The handiwork is from the clever folks at LaserCut Worksand Scales and Models, who designed the car based on the original CAD files of the IS. The designers took that file and using a laser cutter sliced it up into 1,700 10-mm pieces of cardboard that were then painstakingly glued together to create the body. Lexus says every piece of cardboard was given a reference number to ensure that it was assembled in the right order, and each piece had to set for 10 minutes before it could be moved. In total, the process took three months” says Wired.com
The design team replicated the IS to the fullest with every single detail including the logo-stamped wheel hubs, the ridges in the leather seats, the smooth, clean lines on the car’s body—are made from cardboard. With its hidden electric motor it’s totally a working vehicle and it truly looks like the real thing – just don’t take it out in the rain!