We’re difficult to impress, and more difficult to surprise, so we take our collective hat off to Lexus for creating a full-size, drivable car that is made out of cardboard.

Modelled after their IS model, the car is made of 1 700 separate pieces of cardboard that were laser-cut from the actual CAD files used in the production of the real IS saloon.

The finished model, thanks to the source material and the talented folks at NVDK, looks exactly like the Lexus IS, albeit at a lower resolution thanks to jagged edges of the cardboard.

We believe a smoother finish could have been achieved with some sharp tools and a lot of elbow grease, but leaving it as is lends a lot to the aesthetic. We also enjoy that the different layers of cardboard resemble the visible layers of a 3D print.

The dashboard of the car.
The dashboard of the car.

One of the kickers of this project is the fact that it is drivable, but it’s a bit of a cheat. There’s no cardboard power train; instead the car sits on top of a metal base that houses batteries that power a few small wheels. While the cardboard wheels do turn, they’re not actually needed for the car to move, and we have a sneaking suspicion that the whole thing is radio controlled.

 

Since this was created in conjunction with Lexus UK (and the company that made it is based there), we’d like to see how it fairs against a typical British storm. We’re forecasting a lot of soggy cardboard and many tears.

[Source – Lexus UK on Youtube]
Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.