The new Kikai Concept from Toyota is attracting attention at the Tokyo Motor Show which is currently taking place. The new vehicle combines elements from a dune buggy with those of an older racing car to bring us a truly unique looking car.
One of the features that the creators put emphasis on is the design that reveals all of the working parts of the car. You can fully see the front and rear suspensions and the engine which is mounted in the back is also easy to inspect.
Toyota have stated that this concept car aims to express their philosophy that cars should in fact be objects of admiration and not just simple utility. I for one congratulate them for managing to express their view with such a simple model.
Among other distinctive features we have a little window located at the feet of the driver. This would allow the driver of the car to look at how the tires and the suspension move while also giving him a more enhanced sense of speed. Toyota hope that this will offer a new and exciting driving experience by allowing the passengers to see how the car handles turning, stopping and other moves.
Another innovative decision that Toyota have made is to place the driver seat in the center of the car. This is meant to make the driver feel like he is at the heart of the car while also allowing him a better view of the road and things passing by. There are also two passenger seats in the back which form a triangular layout alongside the driver’s seat.
The side windows of the car are larger than normal and they curve upwards inside of the door. This again is meant to offer a better view when taking a ride in this amazing vehicle. While this is not the first car to try these things out it seems that Toyota are the first to truly nail the experience.
Sadly if you were already preparing to sell your car and save up for this one you must know that it’s still just a concept car. They might decide to eventually release it to the public but the number of vehicles up for sale will probably still be limited. Until then we can only stare at those pictures and daydream about simpler times.
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