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.
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.
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.
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.
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.