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News Toyota Unveils Electric Sports Car FT-Se Concept at Japan Mobility Show

Toyota Unveils Electric Sports Car FT-Se Concept at Japan Mobility Show

Toyota’s FT-Se electric sports car, featuring dual motors and all-wheel drive, is set to compete with established electric sports cars.


  • Dual motors power the FT-Se with an all-wheel drive system and a rear-biased behavior.

  • The car’s battery, a special third-generation pack, poses cooling challenges, especially for long races.

  • The FT-Se is projected to achieve 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.


Toyota recently showcased the FT-Se, an electric sports car, at the Japan Mobility Show, capturing attention with its two-seater design devoid of a traditional combustion engine. The Gazoo Racing Design Group’s project manager, Hideaki Iida, indicated a production variant might be seen post-2026. There’s also talk about the car potentially featuring a simulated manual gearbox.

Toyota FT-Se Concept | Photo : Vincent Aubé

Top Gear magazine has shed more light on the vehicle’s specifications. It’s powered by two motors: one for the front axle and another for the rear, resulting in an all-wheel-drive configuration. Notably, these motors are powered by a third-generation battery pack, which presents notable cooling challenges, especially for intense tracks like the Nürburgring, one of the world’s longest racing tracks.

Toyota FT-Se Concept | Photo : Vincent Aubé

The challenge of cooling the battery during prolonged drives, particularly on longer racetracks, is a focal point for the FT-Se’s performance. Fumihiko Hazama, the chief engineer, highlighted the significance of efficient cooling, linking it directly to the car’s performance. Preliminary estimates suggest impressive acceleration capabilities, potentially achieving 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds. The top speed might touch 155 mph.

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As for the vehicle’s construction, it leans on a blend of materials: carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum, and steel. The aim is a balance between lightness and rigidity. Aerodynamic features, like a prominent diffuser, are also part of the design to enhance downforce.

Toyota FT-Se concept | Photo: Toyota

While the FT-Se promises cutting-edge features, it’s crucial to note that it isn’t a successor to the MR2 or an electric variant of the Supra, as clarified by Iida.

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