Solar Powered & Retro Styled Toyota 2000GT SEV Sounds Crazy, Sparks Interest
The Toyota 2000GT SEV is a one-off, electric concept car being shown to the public at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. Designed by the Crazy Car Project under the direction of the Toyota Automobile Association, this “shocking” automotive update takes Toyota's iconic late-sixties sports coupe from flower power to solar power.
Only 351 Toyota 2000GT sports cars were produced during its 1967 through 1970 production run, plus another two custom convertibles made specially for the 1967 James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice.”
Besides its curvaceous styling, the 2000GT was known for its 2-liter, straight-six, 150hp DOHC engine coupled with a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel disc brakes.
Fast forward 45 years and the Toyota 2000GT still looks cutting edge but though the sinuously curved body of the “reborn” 2000GT SEV concept remains familiar, the powertrain is anything but: an electric motor provided with juice from on-board lithium ion batteries and solar energy panels built into the hood. It's estimated the engine can boost the two-passenger silent sportster to a top speed of 200km/h (124 mph).
The 2000GT SEV has received a modernizing makeover to its interior as well, with 7 additional dashboard gauges and an innovative rear-view mirror that can alternate between normal viewing or a camera-sourced digital image display. Alcanntara, an advanced bio-material, has been used to reflect a sense of luxury with lacquer-painted panels coated with silver and gold.
Check out this in-house video showing off the Toyota 2000GT SEV; it's in Japanese but the images speak for themselves:
What the video doesn't mention is why this Car Project is prefaced by the word “Crazy”... and that would be the sounds the 2000GT SEV makes.
Since electric cars run virtually silently, the design team directed by the Toyota Automobile Association programmed the 2000GT SEV to emanate a range of “crazy” noises that include (besides the sound of a sports car engine) the roar of a rocket, the swoosh of a jet airplane, even the pounding hoofbeats of a galloping horse. Giddy-up!
Keep in mind that though the Toyota 2000GT SEV is described as being a “reborn” version of its groundbreaking ancestor, no plans are afoot (or awheel) to produce the electrifying electric coupe for public consumption. Pity... crazy sounds or not, this is one super coupe that would leave even James Bond himself shaken AND stirred. (via Gigazine, StreetInsider, and Dinocoso)