Toyota has ushered in a new era in high-performance vehicles with its latest concept car, the FT-Se. This two-seater electric sports car, standing for “Future Toyota Sports Electric,” is a significant stride in the evolution of vehicles aimed at a carbon-neutral future. The FT-Se, a culmination of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s motorsport expertise and advanced electric technology, offers a peek into the changing dynamics between drivers and their cars.
Concept Cars: A Glimpse into the Future
Concept cars serve as a showcase of potential standard design and technology for automakers. This year, nine electric cars—and one truck—provided intriguing insights into the next phase of driving. The Polestar Synergy concept, for instance, could become the electric supercar of the future. However, the journey from concept car to production vehicle is often lengthy. For instance, Tesla's Cybertruck took almost four years from the prototype's debut to delivery to customers.
The FT-Se: More than Just a Car
The FT-Se is designed for an immersive driving experience. Its cockpit features a low instrument panel for enhanced visibility, while new-design kneepads protect the driver and passenger from G-forces. Toyota's advancements in electrification and intelligent technology have been instrumental in developing the FT-Se. This includes improved handling stability and aerodynamic performance, which enhance the responsive experience of its next-generation electric powertrain. Moreover, the downsizing and weight reduction of components like the motor, transmission, and air conditioning unit have paved the way for enhancing traditional sports car qualities. Like other electric concepts, the FT-Se is designed to evolve continuously through software updates, reflecting the driver’s lifestyle and individual values. Toyota envisages the FT-Se as a “lifestyle partner,” customizable to the owner’s preferences and offering convenient, stress-free operation.
High-Tech Cars Setting New Standards
This article also highlights high-tech cars that have set new standards in technology. This includes areas like infotainment, powertrains, luxury electrification, and construction. The Maybach GLS SUV, the new 7 Series with a 31-inch Theater Screen, the Koenigsegg CC850 with the Engage Shift System ESS transmission, and the Lamborghini Sian with a V12 and hybrid system based on supercapacitors are a few noteworthy mentions.