The Toyota FT-Se accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds. And it will most likely go into production. Toyota is not releasing much more yet, but Porsche will have a formidable competitor. Especially because the Japanese opt for remarkable switching technology.
The Toyota FT-Se was recently unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show. Little has been announced about the electric 2-seater sports car, but now designer and project leader Hideaki Iida has spoken to insideevs.com given a little more. Among other things, the Toyota FT-Se has the same battery as the Lexus LF-ZC.
Toyota has already confirmed that the latest electric car from Lexus will go into production in 2026. Iida: "The Lexus will come in 2026 and the Toyota FT-Se after this. I cannot give an exact year yet, but take into account as soon as possible after 2026."
If that indeed happens, Porsche can be proud, because the Toyota FT-Se has the electric successor to the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman in his sights.
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Toyota plans to test a prototype of the FT-Se at the Nürburgring. Chief engineer Fumihiko Hazama contradicts this TopGear: "Unfortunately, I cannot yet reveal what lap times we have in mind, but it is absolutely certain that we will take to the track with a prototype. A fast lap time on the Nürburgring is an important goal."
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According to the chief engineer, keeping the battery temperature low during peak performance is a challenge. That is why the FT-Se is equipped with enormous air intakes at the front. The Toyota FT-Se has an electric motor at the front and rear and therefore also four-wheel drive. Hazama explains that the EV has a special rear axle that makes drifting possible.
It remains to be seen whether the FT-Se will be marketed as a Toyota. Hideaki Iida told insideevs.com that it is a completely new design language. "The design must emphasize that it is a new and not a traditional brand."
This may mean that the FT-Se will be released as an independent model from Toyota Gazoo Racing. In the photos you do not see any Toyota logos on the bodywork, but those of GR. Former CEO Akio Toyoda previously confirmed that Gazoo Racing will have its own electric car.
Finally, a remarkable piece of news: it could be that the FT-Se will not have an automatic transmission, as is usual with an EV, but a manual gearbox. Toyota is working on a special manual gearbox intended for its sportiest electrified models.
This post was last modified on October 31, 2023 1:06 pm
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