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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - How much does it cost to replace a Lexus LFA's body panels?

In our October 2013 issue, features editor Dinzo Tabamo wrote about his experience babysitting the Lexus LFA and mentioned that the lone official unit in the country brought in by Lexus Manila "was repaired recently" due to an accident at Clark International Speedway.

Now, this very same LFA was on dislay at Top Gear Philippines' 9th anniversary party last night at Privé Luxury Club in Bonifacio Global City. Since the accident happened in May at Lexus Manila's media test drive for the all-new IS350 and IS350 Sport, we wondered how much it had cost Lexus Manila to bring the car back to its showroom state in five months' time.

Well, a source from Toyota Motor Philippines revealed to TopGear.com.ph that the cost to repair the damage--which was practically the entire right side of the LFA, from the front quarter panel to the door to the rear quarter panel--cost the company P5.2 million.

According to our source, since the LFA is largely made of carbon fiber--and with only 500 units of the car having been produced--Lexus doesn't readily stock up on replacement body panels. Instead, every time Lexus receives a body panel order, the carmaker has to fire up its carbon-fiber loom at its Toyota City plant in Japan to produce the needed part or parts.

You can check out the carbon-fiber loom that produces the LFA's components in the video below.

 

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Patrick Everett Tadeo
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TopGear.com.ph's resident writer lives and breathes the news. He might have burned a few bridges along the way just to give you the most relevant--and important--ones.
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