The Toyota Kikai
The Toyota KIKAI Concept is strange, but it reflects the Japanese manufacturer’s desire to emphasize the fundamental appeal of machines, and recreate a petite, modern day hot rod.
In this day and age, where the automobile is submerged in layers of metal, insulation and electronic aids, the KIKAI is refreshingly different. Most of the mechanical components, including the engine, suspension and the chassis itself are left exposed, showcasing minimalistic beauty, just like on a hot rod.
Toyota says that “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.”
The KIKAI Concept features a 1+2 layout with a central driving position and small windows down by the feet of the driver, making the movements of the tires and suspension viewable from the cabin. The cabin also features four circular, free-standing gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel in front of the driver, all laced with retro-futuristic touches. The KIKAI Concept will make its public debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
Motoroids | By Ayan Ghosh