• Jul 14, 2012
The totally awesome Toyota 2000GT SEV unveiled earlier this year was the result of what was called the "Crazy Car Project," undertaken by the Toyota Automobile Association. While no doubt some thought that converting the iconic car, of which only 353 examples were made, to run on solar power a bit insane, perhaps there was a method to their madness.

While the CCP website says the solar-powered variant was built for the purpose of "making people feel an excitement of driving and to have a chance to think about our earth in an innovative way", a report over at Autocar suggests that the automaker is actually using it as a platform to test out certain ideas. Ideas like a manual transmission mated to an electric motor, for example.

With an eye toward building an all-electric city car and, eventually, a sports car, the Japanese automaker is considering using the old-fashioned stick to inject more driving joy into the electric experience. While there certainly is an argument to be made for packaging a gear shifter in certain EVs – especially those with lower-voltage systems – we hope Toyota engineers also consider the high-voltage/high-regen route, which can mimic some aspects of the manual feel and also provide for better efficiency and performance.

To get a sense for what driving the 2000GT SEV is like, scroll down for video of it making a recent run up the Goodwood track. And before you ask, that noise seemingly emanating from the electric drivetrain is on purpose. Controlled by iPad via wifi, its HALOsonic system produces sounds to provide feedback for the driver. Though it could mimic galloping horses or tweeting birds, we believe the spaceship setting is being used in this clip.



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      Seph
      • 1 Day Ago
      best looking EV...
      Jeff Zekas
      • 1 Day Ago
      My thought: why didn't they make a REPLICA of a Toyota 2000? You know: fiberglass body on custom frame, thus sparing the desecration of a rare, wonderful classic car... just a thought...
      Rick
      • 1 Day Ago
      Sounds totally kool idea Toyota should put it into production immediately and end dull car design in an instant, yep seems a bit of a waste of a great classic car, but if gets more folk interested in buying electric cars that can't be a bad thing. Well done Toyota nice video.
      Aaron
      • 1 Day Ago
      That whistling sounded like "throttle" position. Is there really a benefit for having a manual transmission in an electric car?
      Larz Larzen
      • 1 Day Ago
      That was a fun little ride.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      All i care about is if Justin Bieber gets a chromed out one or not.. nothing else matters
        Dave D
        • 1 Day Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I just wanna make sure he gets the first one off the line.
      • 1 Day Ago
      That is one sweet car. The sound it makes is pretty cool too. Sounds really futuristic, and I really love the fact that the body is very "classic" looking. Juan Miguel Ruiz GreenJoyment.com
        samagon0
        • 1 Day Ago
        it's not classic looking, it IS classic. 1967-1970 Toyota 2000GT with electric drive-train to replace the original.
      Seph
      • 1 Day Ago
      best looking EV...