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From JustLuxe Content Partner MensGear
Toyota has recently unveiled impressive designs such as the Land Cruiser Se concept at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 and the FJ Bruiser concept at the SEMA Show.
It appears that the Japanese brand was not finished yet as it aroused motorsport enthusiasts with the FT-Se and its scheduled challenge.
Similar to the powertrain configuration of the luxury EV, this two-seater is also equipped with a battery-electric system. It’s regrettable that Toyota had to abandon its hydrogen fuel initiatives due to infrastructure constraints and other elements.
However, on the positive side, it indicates that their sustainability plan should be advancing well.
Regarding the FT-Se, there is no official affirmation yet if it will ever progress beyond the concept stage. Nevertheless, reports suggest that Gazoo Racing Design Group project manager Hideaki Iida was somewhat elusive about its status. He hinted that a production version might potentially debut after 2026.
It’s somewhat unusual that Toyota declines to discuss plans for a consumer version after openly announcing a Nürburgring hot lap attempt.
Furthermore, the primary engineer behind the FT-Se – Fumihiko Hazama reportedly has a target in mind. These clues indicate that a functional prototype is likely well into the development stage.
We also discovered that the FT-Se is furnished with twin motors. Each axle’s unit is calibrated to perform like a rear-wheeled racing setup. The power is derived from a third-generation battery system, but the team still needs to determine the optimal cooling method for its Nürburgring run.
To maintain a manageable weight, the EV is composed of steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Its current outline already signifies speed, but anticipate some aero element adjustments before the big day. Speculations hint at a 0-62 mph time of 3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph for the FT-Se.
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