Just don't drive home in the rain: Lexus creates working full size vehicle made of CARDBOARD

Lexus has revealed the first car made with origami.

The car giant has revealed a perfect, drivable version of its IS saloon, made entirely from cardboard.

The skilled men and women – known as takumi – who work on the Lexus production lines hone their dexterity skills by learning how to fold paper into a origami model cat, using only their non-dominant hand.

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The full scale cardboard replica of the Lexus IS has fully fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights and wheels, with an electric motor mounted on its steel and aluminium frame.

'The Origami Car takes the spirit of this talent to a far higher level, while also embracing the spirit of Lexus's Creating Amazing global brand campaign,' the firm says.

It was made using 'slices' of cardboard glued together.

The Origami Car has a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights and rolling wheels.

Thanks to an electric motor mounted on its steel and aluminium frame, it can even be driven.

It was built by LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, London-based specialist companies with extensive experience in the design and creation of prototypes, architectural models and bespoke commissions.

Ruben Marcos, Scales and Models Company founder and director explained: 'This was a very demanding job, with five people involved in the digital design, modelling, laser cutting and assembly.

'Just like Lexus, we were committed to producing the best possible quality.'

The creative process presented the team with a series of tough challenges.

'The seats took a few attempts to get just right and the wheels required a lot of refining.

'Once we could see the physical pieces taking shape, we could identify where we needed to make improvements – as with anything, there were some elements of trial and error, but as we had all the resources we needed in-house, this made the changes easier to produce.'


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