Toyota E-Racer Designed For A Virtual World

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Try some Augmented Reality to distract you from your daily commute.

Toyota has flipped the script at the Tokyo Motor Show this year. Instead of the static display you'd expect to see from most automakers at a major auto show, the Japanese giant rolled out a full-on "Mobility Theme Park," packed with all sorts of interactive innovations. And the part that's caught our attention the most is the E-Racer.

Bridging the gap between a car and an amusement-park ride, the Toyota E-Racer concept embraces augmented reality to (at least theoretically) transform the road into whatever environment is selected. Which sounds hazardously distracting, but also potentially a lot of fun.

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The daily commute too boring? Hop in, put on the goggles, and the world around you can change virtually into a race track, an underwater tunnel, or a futuristic city scape. The concept also calls for a 3D-printed racing suit and a molded seat made to fit the driver's posterior exactly. Just like a pro racing driver, only, you know... more futuristic.

More than that, about the E-Racer, we couldn't tell you. We get the feeling it doesn't actually have any real specifications to detail, anyway. But the design looks cool – somewhere between a BAC Mono and something you'd expect to see in "Tron."

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The driver sits in the middle and at the center-line of a cockpit that's entirely open save for a roll hoop extending from the quarter panels, with space for another passenger behind in a tandem setup and another screen mounted above on the back of the hoop. The steering wheel looks more like a video-game controller – a similarity which may be no coincidence, and the oversized outboard wheels are enveloped in close-fitting fenders, with thin light strips mounted fore and aft surrounding ground-effect aero elements. Shame it's only a concept, because it looks like something we'd really enjoy driving – and likely crashing.

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