By Tom Gillespie @TomGillespie1

THE LATEST Lexus looks good on paper, after the car maker unveiled an origami-inspired model

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Videographer / Director: Lexus UK
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas

Cut out for the job: The finished Lexus

The life-size working replica of the manufacturer’s IS saloon is made of 1,700 recyclable cardboard sheets, which have been built around a steel and aluminium frame.

It is powered by an electric motor, has a fully-fitted interior, and even has working headlights.

Light work: The stunning remake took 3 months to build

Inspiration for the creation came from the men and women on the Lexus production line.

The skilled workers, known as takumi, are taught to hone their dexterity by learning how to fold paper into model cats.

Top rear: The cardboard Lexus is an exact replica

They can only practice the skill using their non-dominant hand.

The origami Lexus was built by London-based firms the LaserCut Works and Scales and Models, which specialise in creating prototypes and architectural models.

The striking vehicle has working lights

Scales and Models director Ruben Marcos explained: “This was a very demanding job, with five people involved in the digital design, modelling, laser cutting and assembly.

“The seats took a few attempts to get just right and the wheels required a lot of refining.

Layers of cardboard make-up the finished product

“Once we could see the physical pieces taking shape, we could identify where we needed to make improvements - as with anything, there were some elements of trial and error, but as we had all the resources we needed in-house, this made the changes easier to produce.”

The Lexus was fitted with functioning wheels

The cardboard IS saloon took three months to build, with the process involving hundreds of 10mm sheets being stuck together with wood glue.

Once they had been attached the parts were left to set for 10 minutes.

Inside the ride: The replica has a fully fitted interior

The material was provided by packaging company DS Smith.

The unique vehicle will be on show at the Grand Designs Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham from October 8.