Lexus IS 350 Gets Fuzzy at U.S. Open


In the midst of early losses by tennis stars Andy Roddick and Venus Williams, 17-year-old Melanie Oudin of Georgia has shocked the tennis world by advancing to the quarterfinals of this year’s U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Wait a minute… we’re not a sports blog. We’re here to cover cars.  

Lexus has designed another sports-themed car, much like it did with the golf-ball-dimpled LS 460 L at the U.S. Open of golf earlier this year. This IS 350, however, was covered in the yellow felt-like material of a tennis ball. Just how did I stumble upon this car? This past weekend I took a trip to New York City, and as part of my weekend expedition, I made a stop by the U.S Open. Once inside the gates, I noticed a bright yellow Lexus IS 350. This was no ordinary paint job. The car was completely covered in tennis-ball material. As a line of people waited to take a photo with the car, I stepped up and snapped a few photos of my own.

What’s next on Lexus’ list of sports-themed cars? A basketball-leather-covered RX 350 or a ES 350 wrapped in the rubber material of a hockey puck? We’ll be sure to keep our eyes open for these in the future. For now, check out more photos below.




Ken L.

For Lexus to do this to their vehicles when sponsoring a major sporting event, it must be LOVE.


Heck yeah. Never have to worry about door dings and scratches!!!


I'm really digging the color.


Lexus should consider this color for production....sans the felt..

The rubber hockey puck material might work well...imagine hitting people (at a low speed of course) and just bouncing right off (not really, but what if)! It'd be hella fun in traffic.


If this prevents door dings, perfect.

Wouldn't these gimmicks work better with Scion?

My dog would love this.

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