Although it looks like a mix between a hot rod, a buggy and a golf-cart, the Kikai is probably one of the most eye-catching concepts unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Just like the steampunk movement incorporates fairly modern concepts and technologies in “dated” packages – exposing the inner elements – the Kikai too has a mechanical vibe to it that sets it apart from other contemporary Japanese prototypes.
In fact, even Toyota says that the 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.”
Kikai’s mechanical-concept clearly honors the core notion of automobiles: purity of mechanics. That’s why it lacks any present-day digital mumbo-jumbo, and focuses on revealing its bare mechanisms. Just look how the suspension arms are bolted higher on the car’s body panels; in fact, its exhaust, fuel tank and engine all are visible.
Speaking of which, the study has its mill mounted in the back, and that’s not even the most peculiar thing about it – believe it or not. It also features a 1+2 cabin layout, which translates into a central driving position flanked by one seat on each side.
Although its resemblance with a hot rod may seem a little farfetched, the concept actually takes a lot of ideas from the classic, modified American cars. Sure, it doesn’t look that way when you gaze at it as a whole, only when you delve in its outstanding attention to detail.