Lexus covered a car in 41,999 LEDs because why not

The Lexus LIT IS changes colour in response to human gestures and music.

December 6, 2016

Remember buying your first car? Going through catalogues, brochures, websites and whatnot. Trying to find the perfect balance between a great looking car and one that would serve your mileage requirements adequately. 

Well, we can’t speak from the mileage perspective but if you were or are still deciding on what colour your next ride should be, may we suggest looking at this new, custom Lexus LIT IS for inspiration:

As you read in the headline, the car is slapped with 41,999 LED lights – because why not. And why is it called LIT? For those of you unfamiliar with millennial lingo, here’s Urban Dictionary’s definition of the word lit: “When something is turned up or popping”.

Makes sense. This car is everything millennials want to be. According to Gizmodo, the car was created as part of a collaboration between Lexus and video streaming service Vevo to promote UK singer Dua Lipa’s new video “Be The One”.

“This unique collaboration between Lexus and Vevo showcases the Lexus IS as an incredible work of art, technology and design through the lens of a music video,” Lexus said in a statement. 

In an effort to create a car capable of changing its colours like a chameleon, Lexus engineers have applied all 41,999 LED lights – which on full blast produce 150,000 lumens – by hand. In fact, if one was to place these LEDs end-to-end, the stripes would stretch for half a mile in length.

According to Lexus, the car features three different modes:

  • Attract Mode: “A loop of colourful graphics that highlight the strong lines of the IS and play into its bold styling.”
  • Music Viz Mode: “Designed to respond to music, as the LEDs will create custom, responsive displays that perfectly sync to any song.”
  • Gesture Mode: “Allows the motion of the LED animations to be controlled by users’ hand movements with the help of a gaming console.”

Of course, you'll probably never be able to buy this particular version of Lexus’ IS sedan, as we can’t imagine any government body in the world approving an epilepsy-inducing car that could also double up as an accident magnet wherever it showed up. 

However, you can check out the Lexus LIT IS in all its glory in Dua Lipa’s video below: