Toyota's radical Compact Sports & Specialty Concept
By Mike Hanlon
March 2, 2005
March 3, 2005 A radical Toyota sports car featuring a hybrid petrol-electric drive-train and a host of innovative interior features was one of the stars of the media day at the 2005 Melbourne International Motor Show. The CS&S; (Compact Sports & Specialty) concept was designed to demonstrate the sporting potential of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, as featured in the second-generation Prius production car. With its midship-mounted next-generation Toyota Hybrid System THS II based on the Hybrid Synergy Drive concept and an E-Four (electric 4-wheel drive) system, the CS&S; is designed to provide outstanding environmental performance and driving exhilaration.
In the CS&S; a mid-mounted 1.5 litre petrol engine drives the rear wheels while the 50kW high-output motor electric motor drives the front wheels. The arrangement gives the CS&S; the extra traction of four wheel drive combined with vigorous acceleration thanks to the high torque characteristics of the electric motor. Four-wheel control provided by the E-Four system and the midship positioning of the hybrid power plant further enhance handling and road-holding performance.
Toyota says the CS&S; will accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. Despite the quick performance, the concept car's Hybrid Synergy Drive uses less fuel and has lower exhaust emissions than an equivalent conventionally-engined sports car.
The CS&S;'s innovations extend to the interior which features a revolutionary human-machine interface called Toyota Space Touch (TST).
The TST system uses a series of holographic projections which the driver "touches" to control functions such as air conditioning, audio, satellite navigation and email.
The car's seating system is flexible, allowing the CS&S; to be converted from a two-seater to a 2+2 by the removal of canopies behind the two front seats.
In addition, the front passenger seat has been designed in such a way that it can be rotated to cover the entire cockpit area like a hard tonneau cover, thereby boosting anti-theft security.