Lexus IS Wax Edition or sedan version for music loversMarch 25, 2021
The Japanese Lexus IS sedan in the Wax Edition version is the only instance of the model that can reproduce vinyl records. The tape recorder that plays records is in the glove box.
The Lexus IS Wax Edition revives the long-defunct idea of a car turntable. Unfortunately, this is a one-off model, so all these vinyl lovers cannot select this option in the online configurator.
The car is the result of a collaboration between Lexus and Pitchfork, but the actual development takes place at the Los Angeles-based SCPS custom model studio.
Getting your turntable to work in a car is harder than you think. The car is constantly moving on the road, and the forces of acceleration, braking and centrifugal forces change. These factors can cause the needle to slip or affect the motor that rotates the blade itself.
SCPS has created a custom turntable using 3D printing and a blend of carbon fiber and aluminum. It is positioned on a silicone cushion to absorb various shocks. The stepper motor and microprocessor arm allow the plate to rotate without interruption while riding. The player is located in the place normally occupied by the glove box and slides out when you go to listen to music. Melodies are played through the optional 17-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system with 7.1 surround sound.
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl records have been the most popular physical music format since 2020.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Lexus presented an exclusive version of the IS 500 F Sport sedan. The Japanese brand has unveiled an exclusive version of its “charged” IS 500 F Sport sedan – the new product is called the Performance Launch Edition. Among other things, the sedan received an exclusive Incognito body color.
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