There’s something about a car on a turntable. You could take my old Ford Focus, replete with dings and a fine crust of road salt, put it up on a rotating pedestal and people would stand and watch it go round.
If you put it on a canted, stainless steel turntable at about eye level and bathed it blue-white light, they might even desire it.
Rule number one for displaying a car is to get it up off the floor. Cars are probably the heaviest objects that most people interact with on a daily basis, and the impact of seeing a car elevated always evokes a suspension of ordinary experience.
Making it rotate slowly on a turntable creates an aura of mystery that has long made the turntable a staple at Auto Shows, perhaps outnumbered only by the spokesmodel.
That said, this Lexus LFA “supercar” looked absolutely devastating on this canted, stainless steel turntable at the Chicago Auto Show, and I wanted it.
I have rarely seen a car that looks so fast and dangerous, even as it gently spins in silence.
Its lines and proportions are explicitly seductive, and it flaunts its carbon fiber undertray shamelessly.
In certain places its mechanicals were exposed giving it some menacing edges.
Its paint was so sheer you weren’t sure if you might be looking right through to the bare metal underneath.
Its surface seemed to be distressed just enough to make it look obtainable.
I stood and watched this car turn four or five times at about 1 RPM before I remembered to take some pictures.
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