To celebrate its creative collaboration with Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi epic, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” Lexus has previewed what happens behind the scenes in the collaboration to create the SKYJET, as well as the design philosophy and technology of the brand that has served as inspiration for some elements of the final model of the vehicle.
The goal is to provide car and film enthusiasts with a broader perspective on the development of the SKYJET, and to offer them a unique insight and experience into how Lexus has collaborated with Luc Besson and his design team to bring life on the big screen to a single-seater chase ship from the future, and do it in spectacular fashion.
The Design and Technology series, available on the website of Lexus International, chronicles the SKYJET journey from the original concept devised by the visionary mind of Luc Besson, through visualization by concept designer Ben Mauro, to the collaboration with Lexus, which has made Luc's wish for a suitable vehicle for the Valerian world, set 700 years from now.
Taking the experience to another level, he has also presented the 90-second short of “Making off the SKYJET”, as part of a series of contents, which provides an exclusive view of the SKYJET behind the scenes, with director Luc Besson and actor Dane DeHaan in his title role as Valerian. Also included in the video are commentary from experts such as those from producer Virginie Besson-Silla, Valerian concept designer Ben Mauro and Lexus chief engineer Takeaki Kato.
The latter commented: “Technology is constantly advancing and it is impossible to know now what many things will be like in the distant future; but at Lexus we continually challenge ourselves to imagine them. " And he added: "In the future, cars may fly, but as a luxury brand we consider it essential that they continue to stir emotions."
In designing the interior of the concept model, Valerian's creative team was inspired by Lexus' futuristic vision of artificial intelligence and its advanced HMI technologies, which showcase the brand's desire for vehicles to merge with the driver, and They allow you to control the vehicle with simple hand gestures such as the hologram technology of the LF-FC concept, or even with your mind.
The final design of the SKYJET also incorporates an adapted interpretation of the unique and characteristic Lexus front grille and headlamps similar in design to the 2017 Lexus LC coupe, defined by its athletic and aerodynamic shape. What's more, also included in the story is an imaginary future energy capsule, inspired by Lexus' work on innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdYlo2vzNvg[/embedyt]