Η Toyota στην έκθεση του Τόκιο θα παρουσιάσει μαζί με το S-FR, δύο ακόμη πρωτότυπα, τα Kikai και FCV Plus. Το Kikai είναι ένα hot rod πρωτότυπο με ρετρό εμφάνιση που μπορεί να μεταφέρει τρία άτομα, με τον οδηγό να κάθεται στο κέντρο.
Το FCV Plus concept είναι ένα υδρογονοκίνητο τετρακίνητο αυτοκίνητο, με την συστοιχία κυψελών καυσίμου να βρίσκεται ανάμεσα στους μπροστινούς τροχούς, με τις δεξαμενές υδρογόνου να βρίσκονται πίσω από τα πίσω καθίσματα. Αυτή η διάταξη δημιουργεί μεγαλύτερο χώρο στην καμπίνα, αυξάνοντας την άνεση των επιβατών. Στο εσωτερικό ξεχωρίζει η έλλειψη ταμπλό, με την Toyota να προβάλει τις απαραίτητες πληροφορίες στο παρμπρίζ μέσω ενός head-up display.
Toyota KIKAI (world premiere
As the products of human creativity, dedication, and knowledge, machines should be objects of admiration. The concept was designed to explore and emphasize the fundamental appeal of machines: their fine craftsmanship, their beauty, simplicity, and their fascinating motion. As a true concept car, the Toyota KIKAI’s appeal is simultaneously free from and reliant on the core concepts of automobiles.
This concept takes the machinery, normally hidden beneath the vehicle body, and makes an open display of its beauty. Directly expressed in this way, the vehicle’s inner workings become part of the exterior. In addition to the carefully designed form, continued into details including the fuel tank, reserve tank, and exhaust pipes, the analog-style meters and switches offer an engaging dialog with the machinery.
New driving sensation
The small window at the driver’s feet is another distinctive aspect of this car’s structure, communicating the movements of the tires and suspension and the rush of speed along the road surface. Through the windshield, the movements of the upper control arm are also visible. This provides a novel driving sensation in which the machinery that supports the operations of cruising, turning, and stopping in ordinary everyday driving can be directly perceived with the senses.
The adoption of a central driver seat, which places the driver at the heart of the car, gives a more instinctive sensory connection with the vehicle. The optimal spacing between the three passenger seats achieved by their triangular layout creates a congenial in-cabin communication space. The expansive side window that reaches up to the roof delivers full enjoyment in urban and natural landscapes alike.
While most vehicles conceal their inner workings beneath smooth sheet metal, this concept encourages us to appreciate the complex beauty of the mechanical aspects of cars. More broadly, it reminds us of the appeal of the physical and tactile in a digital age.
|Toyota KIKAI||3,400 mm||1,800 mm||1,550 mm||2,450 mm||3|
Toyota FCV Plus (world premiere)
Compressed hydrogen has a higher energy density than electricity, can be generated from a wide range of raw materials, and is easy to store, making it a promising future energy source. That’s why Toyota envisages a sustainable society in which hydrogen energy is in widespread use?a society embodied by this concept vehicle.
Clean generation of hydrogen from a wide range of primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation a global reality, and fuel cell vehicles will take on a new role as power sources within their communities. Toyota’s aim is to add an all-new sense of purpose to the automobile by turning fuel cell vehicles from eco-cars into energy-cars.
In addition to the vehicle’s own hydrogen tank, the car can also generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle. The vehicle can thus be transformed into a stable source of electric power for use at home or away.
Sharing generated power with others
When the car is not being used as a means of transport, it shares its power generation capabilities with communities as part of the local infrastructure.
Supporting future generations
The car’s fuel cell stack can be reused as an electricity generating device, transcending the traditional functions of cars. Put to versatile uses around the world, these stacks could contribute significantly to local communities. The fuel cell stack is mounted between the front tires, and the hydrogen tank behind the rear seat. Together with the adoption of independent in-wheel motors in all four wheels, this allows for a spacious cabin despite the vehicle’s compact vehicle body. By concentrating functional parts at the front and the rear of the vehicle, this next-generation fuel cell vehicle package creates an optimal weight balance and a wide field of vision. The exterior adopts a distinctive, sleek shape, while the frame structure of the interior ensures rigidity despite the light weight of the car. Altogether, the design conveys the vehicle’s advanced technology and outstanding environmental performance.
|Toyota FCV Plus||3,800 mm||1,750 mm||1,540 mm||3,000 mm|