The latest Toyota concept cars
Toyota has released eight pioneering concept cars in the last eighteen months, illustrating the company’s visionary design flair, both on and off the racetrack. The cars recently unveiled vary from the FT-86 Open Concept, to the JPN Taxi and the Yaris Hybrid-R.
FT-86 Open Concept
This model was designed as a stylish top-down sports car, and was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Similar to the stylish GT86, this vehicle was built to impress with its show-stopping good looks and excellent performance. The Open Concept uses a 197bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine.
This innovative, three-wheeled model is an environmentally-friendly car which will not only cost very little in road tax and congestion charges, but is also able to fit into very tight spaces. Extremely fun to drive, this electric car swoops and tilts into corners as a motorbike would, and reacts quickly to commands. Upon its release, everyone given a chance to test drive the i-Road highly commended the sleek, eco model for its excellent reactions and environmental credentials.
Toyota claims that the ME.WE is a city car, cabriolet, 4×4 and pick-up all in one. Unveiled at the Toyota Rendez-Vous in Paris on April 25, 2013, the vehicle was designed to find new possibilities for sustainable design. It is extremely light for a B-segment model – roughly 180kg lighter than conventional designs, at just 750kg. It is designed to be a true all-rounder, as the designer Jean-Marie Massaud points out: “If we want to make progress, we need to abandon the idea of image and consumption, and recognise that every individual has to exist in a singular manner.”
Revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the innovative 420bhp turbo charged petrol-electric engine reveals the potential for hybrids in the future. Cornering speed and stability have been markedly improved, and an advanced traction control system makes this a truly impressive performer. A third electric motor features, working as a generator during deceleration to recover energy from braking.
The Toyota FCV was revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and uses fuel cell technology to further enhance sustainability. The potential future ultra-eco vehicle produces zero CO2 emissions, utilising the power produced from the chemical reaction when combining hydrogen and oxygen to produce water vapour.
This futuristic model was also first shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and looks both sci-fi and high-tech. Designed to capture Toyota’s dedication to producing fun-to-drive models, the FCV2 has no steering wheel and is instead operated by the movement of the driver’s body. This model aims to represent the potential of intelligent technology in cars. For instance, it has voice and image-recognition to determine the driver’s mood, and is even able to anticipate your needs and intentions.
Toyota would like all cabs to look like this model, with improved accessibility for children and elderly people, along with excellent manoeuvrability specifically designed to an urban environment. Unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, its hybrid credentials ensure that emissions would be kept to a minimum. Useful information is also displayed on screens in the spacious cabin, such as a map of the route and estimated time of arrival.
The 2014 Detroit Motor Show unveiled the striking FT-1 supercar. This is Toyota’s ultimate vision of a sports car, and its exquisite, low-lying body is very impressive to behold. The FT-1’s wraparound windscreen and side glass show similarities to the design of the original Toyota 2000GT. Everything about this imposing model screams Formula 1 from all angles, whilst the interior, with its cool, low centre of gravity and extraordinary finishes, adds style and sophistication.