It’s called the Lexus IS “Wax Edition” and it comes with a fully-functional turntable built into the dashboard. It’s capable of playing vinyl records while the car is in motion, even when it gets bumpy. You can see the purpose of this build, don’t you?
In doing so, Lexus has also collaborated with producer and DJ MC Madlib and SCPS, a custom fabrication studio in Los Angeles, to create a record player made from a 3D printer, finished with carbon fibre and machined aluminium.
The player fits snuggly into the Lexus IS’ glovebox and is large enough to play a full-sized 12-inch record. Once the needle hits the grooves on the vinyl, a rotating motor helps stabilise the turntable to avoid skipping while the vehicle is in motion.
To top it off, the Lexus IS also comes with a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound system with a whopping total of 17 speakers and an amplifier capable of pumping out 1,800 watts of audio power for a 7.1 surround sound experience.
This is as you’d expect, is a stunt to promote the Lexus IS’ enhanced suspension for the signature Lexus ride comfort. Don’t get your hopes up though, as the custom concept will not be for sale but will instead be used as a display at Lexus events.
Recently, Lexus introduced the IS 500 F Sport with 472 hp and 535 Nm from a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 paired to an 8-speed automatic. The powerful lump is capable of taking the Lexus to 100 km/h from standstill in just 4.5 seconds!