Looks, Looks, Looks
Over the years, Toyota has become renowned for producing futuristic and dramatic concept cars, and the designers at Toyota's European Design Studio, ED2, worked to ensure that the Motor Triathlon Race Car (MTRC) continues this trend. Its sleek, pod-like body conjures up images of a 1950s rocket ship -- even the seats have been mounted one behind the other to make the vehicle as slim as possible.
Four wheels and a semi-circular nose cone protrude from the central pod, with headlamps and other accessories mounted on or flush to the surface of the shiny, metal body. In the picture below, you can see that the door opens flush to the side of the car, in keeping with the streamlined theme of the MTRC.
The cockpit itself is completely open, with only a minimal windscreen to protect the occupants from the elements. At the rear of the car is a large, curved spoiler, providing aerodynamic stability as well as a counterpoint to the front nose cone. Of course, the spoiler also adds a touch of style to the design, as does the central, mounted tail light in the shape of the Toyota logo.
Not everyone's wild about the MTRC's ultra-modern curves -- various journalists have described it as an overblown toy car, while Top Gear magazine complains that it's still not sure which end's the front. But then, the MTRC was designed to make an impression, and that's exactly what it has done.
It would be easy to imagine that the MTRC's looks are the most innovative thing about it, but there's far more to the MTRC than meets the eye. Even for a concept car, the MTRC is technologically advanced.