The last supercar of a very limited 500-unit run, a white Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package has left Toyota Motor Corporation's dedicated production facility at the Motomachi Plant, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

This marks the end of a key chapter for Lexus, one in which people's perceptions and understanding of the brand have been challenged, and perhaps changed, forever.

The learning and passion gained from engineering and producing a world-class supercar can already be seen in the products recently launched by Lexus - across the whole range, not just those carrying the F Sport badge.

In that sense, the spirit of the LFA will live on; it will be fondly remembered for being the car that marked the start of significant change for the Lexus brand.

The development of the supercar started from a blank sheet of paper.

CFRP [Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer] was used for a significant percentage of the vehicle's components, taking advantage of the material's exceptional strength, rigidity and light weight to achieve a breakthrough in supercar manufacturing.

CFRP production took place in-house in order to gain valuable know-how to be used in future products.

"I've lived and breathed supercars for the past decade," said Haruhiko Tanahashi, the LFA's Chief Engineer.

"Specifically one supercar. The LFA. Very few people have the opportunity we had: to create a world-class supercar from a blank sheet of paper."

Production at LFA Works started two years ago, on December 15, 2010, and included a team of around 170 hand-picked takumi [artisan] workers involved in parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly and painting.

The high performance LFA was produced at the rate of just one unit per day.