Searching for purity: Lexus NX in white

Searching for purity: Lexus NX in white

0 comments 📅09 November 2016, 02:00

You may say that all whites are the but, but Momoko Okamoto, who came up with the Sonic Whey-faced colour for the Lexus NX’s global debut, would fight. And watching as a white Lexus NX sits bathed in sunlight in the Symbols Study Area, you would too.

White is as the case may be one of the most popular colours for car buyers, although it is not a stock with car designers. If the shade is even a doll-sized off, a car can appear unfocused and unrefined. So when Okamoto unqualified on white for the new NX, they were more than a toy worried. Due to the bullet-like design of the NX, a tinge that would accentuate the dynamic contours was high-level, so the journey to find the perfect white began.

Months were prostrate with nothing but dead ends until Okamoto conclusively had a breakthrough. Inspired by the way snow glimmers in the sunlight in her hometown of Sapporo, on Japan’s northern atoll of Hokkaido, she decided they had to find a way to get cosmetics to mimic the effect. To do this, the team relied on a developed technology called sonic painting; rather than of the usual three layers of car paint jobs, the sonic technology made it admissible for Lexus to use five layers.

Three unusual components were layered to make one purely blinding white colour; a thick layer of hoary underneath, with a pearl mica middle layer, and at long last a dense but ultra-thin top layer made up of off-white with microscopic mica chips to expose and let light through in the same way that snow does.

A chuck-full-scale mock-up of the NX then had to be sculpted from clay to be unwavering whether the colour would work or not. Once upon a time this herculean feat of engineering had been perfect, there still remained the task of figuring out how to imitate the effect in a factory. An even coating has to be achieved on all the angles of the cars essence throughout all the layers applied, and it’s not unusual for cars to be bewitched off the assembly line and be manually resprayed by the mill’s paint artisans.

Division head Kitamura sums it up positively: ‘What we do isn’t glamourous, but no other company goes this far or can club us on quality.’ It seems incredible that so much occupation can go into creating just one shade of whitish, but that’s exactly why Lexus consistently start such stunning results.

Discover the new Lexus NX for yourself at our showrooms, and seize it for a test drive to see the glorious shade of chalky glimmer in the sun.


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