Automakers love teaming up with aftermarket suppliers. Stuff like Foxx Racing shocks, BBS wheels, and Brembo brakes are all there to gussy up performance vehicles. But one of the best branded performance options you can get are a meaty set of seats. Not only do they look great, but the two purposes they serve are legitimate – hearty bolsters keep you pinned in place around high-G turns and they allow you to soak up a lot more of the chassis’ sensations. Lexus already had a solid set of (unbranded) thrones in the RC F and GS F, but a piece of old tech is about to make them even better.
The company is introducing a new Variable Load Coupling Rear Orientation for its seats. Fancy name aside, this is far from a new technology. It’s been around for 75 years, and you probably know it as Velcro. Yes, Lexus is going to start selling Velcro lined seats to keep you in place at up to three Gs, whether they be fore, aft, or lateral forces.
“The RC F and GS F are exhilarating, racing-inspired vehicles,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus’ GM for product and consumer marketing. “By partnering with Velcro Companies, our new V-LCRO technology enhances the driver’s ability to maximize the cars’ track-proven performance.”
If you’re worried this is just a bunch of marketing jargon, though, take it from an actual driver. The V-LCRO system works.
“The beauty of this technology is its simplicity,” Lexus F Performance Racing driver Scott Pruett said. “With V-LCRO, Lexus has created an unprecedented connection between driver and vehicle, and the impact on the track has been phenomenal.”
According to Lexus spokesman Moe Lester, V-LCRO will be available on 2020 models, alongside the upcoming hoverboard package. In other news, tomorrow is April Fools’ Day. Be prepared.
Automaker reveals new interior option for RC F and GS F performance vehicles
TORRANCE, Calif. (March 31, 2016)—When it comes to performance cars, few things are more important than the connection between driver and vehicle. For luxury automaker Lexus, the continuous pursuit to enhance this connection even includes venturing outside the automotive world for new solutions.
Today, Lexus is introducing its latest performance feature: Variable Load Coupling Rear Orientation (V-LCRO), a proprietary technology that enhances performance by allowing the driver to take turns more aggressively while significantly reducing movement across the back and seat.
“While all performance cars use seat bolsters to hold a driver in place during aggressive maneuvering, we’re taking it a step further. In this case, the technology we’re employing is actually over 75 years old,” said Brian Bolain, general manager, Lexus product & consumer marketing. “The RC F and GS F are exhilarating, racing-inspired vehicles. By partnering with Velcro Companies, our new V-LCRO technology enhances the driver’s ability to maximize the cars’ track-proven performance.”
The optional V-LCRO driver’s seat secures the driver in place, refining the functionality of the vehicles’ contoured seatbacks. The optional seat requires the driver to wear a specially designed suit, which, through a complex pattern of hooks and loops, creates an incredible grip at any angle and G-load. In fact, it’s designed to hold the driver in place at up to 3.0 Gs in any direction.
“The beauty of this technology is its simplicity,” said Scott Pruett, Lexus F Performance Racing driver. “With V-LCRO, Lexus has created an unprecedented connection between driver and vehicle, and the impact on the track has been phenomenal.”
To complement the forward-thinking design of the RC F and GS F, Lexus has created a line of exclusive custom-tailored suits. The fashion line connects perfectly with the breakthrough V-LCRO driver’s seats, both in form and function.
More information on Lexus’ new innovation can be found at: https://youtu.be/YxVrkqv2Bc0.