Toyota is bringing a unique concept model to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. It’s the Kikai concept car, which allows you to see its engine, suspension and other parts in action. The idea is to accentuate the beauty of car mechanisms.
The concept is to rebuild the relationship between man and machine by bringing out the beauty, elegance, simplicity, warmth and excitement of movement provided by the mechanisms which are built by human beings for cars.
The construction shows the inner workings of the vehicle which are usually hidden from view. The exterior is built so that you can see the way the car works directly. In addition to a construction that allows you to really discern the details of features such as the fuel tank, reserve tank and exhaust pipe, features like the analog-style meters and switches add a sort of dialog with the unique features.
Small windows at the foot of the driver’s seat allow you to see the tires and suspension, and feel the speed of the road passing underneath. You can also confirm by sight the movement of the upper arm that crosses the front glass. With the design’s emphasis on how mechanisms support driving, turning and stopping, the Kikai offers a new driving experience designed for all five senses.
The driver’s seat is placed right at the center of the cabin to give a more direct feeling to the driving experience. The seating distance between passengers afforded by the offset 3-seat layout allows for comfortable in-cabin communication. The wide and open-feeling side windows which extend all the way to the roof allow for great views of the surrounding street or natural scenery.
The Kikai is 3400mm long, 1800mm wide and 1550mm tall. It has a 2450mm wheelbase and seats three.
(Translated by Greg Scott)