Toyota recently unveiled an exciting concept, offering a glimpse of a sleek electric sports car slated to hit the market by 2026. This creation, part of Toyota’s GR (Gazoo Racing) performance brand, represents a significant step forward, aiming to follow in the footsteps of renowned models like the Toyota GR Yaris and GR Supra, as well as succeeding the beloved MR2 roadster from the 1990s and early 2000s.
Named the Toyota FT-Se, this emission-free coupe is currently just a concept, but it previews a forthcoming production model set to compete with electric sports cars like the upcoming Porsche Boxster, Caterham Project V, and MG Cyberster. The FT-Se’s striking design, characterized by its low stance, is made possible through Toyota’s innovative ultra-dense battery technology, designed to lower the car’s center of gravity. The vehicle’s bodywork is meticulously sculpted to enhance aerodynamic performance, and the front end exudes a hint of the McLaren Senna’s design inspiration.
A notable feature of the FT-Se concept is the absence of Toyota badges, sparking speculation that this electric sports car might become an exclusive model under the Gazoo Racing brand, similar to how the AMG GT operates within the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
While the driving experience remains uncharted territory, recent images provide insight into what to expect. The vehicle boasts an F1-style steering wheel and a fully digital instrument cluster, designed to offer intuitive controls and an immersive driving experience. Its low positioning ensures a clear view of the road ahead.
The FT-Se is expected to be equipped with Toyota’s upcoming ‘Performance’ battery pack, currently in development and scheduled for production readiness by 2026. Toyota claims that this new technology will be 20% more affordable than the existing battery packs used in their vehicles, while also providing an impressive range of up to 800 kilometers.
The FT-Se is likely to be powered by a rear-mounted electric motor, with the possibility of a dual-motor four-wheel-drive setup on top-tier models. In comparison to rivals like the MG Cyberster which boasts an output of 246 kW, the FT-Se is expected to match or even surpass these figures, potentially accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in five seconds or less.
It’s important to note that while these details are exciting, the production version of the FT-Se is not anticipated until at least 2026, coinciding with the introduction of the Performance battery technology.