We thought the youth-oriented Toyota Camatte concept was a bit zany, but Toyota apparently thought it was worth revisiting. At the 2013 Tokyo Toy Fair, the automaker rolled out a revised pair of concepts, which it calls the Camatte 57s.
A quick refresher: the original Camatte concept, which Toyota rolled out at last year’s Tokyo Toy Show, was designed primarily for the enjoyment of children. In Toyota’s words, the car was designed “for parents to experience together the fun of driving, car customization, and car enthusiasm.” To that end, it boasted both interchangeable body panels, along with adjustable controls and pedals that could be positioned within a child’s reach. Toyota suggested this allowed parents to teach young car geeks how to drive, but advised only doing so in a responsible manner – for instance, only letting your offspring drive in an “empty field” or a “go-kart track.
Like the original Camatte, the Camatte 57s features removable, interchangeable body panels – but this time, there’s a twist. For starters, the lift-up canopy (and, subsequently, the roof, doors, and protection from most elements) is gone. Secondly, instead of 5-7 body panels in total, the Camatte 57s has – you guessed it – fifty-seven. Where the original Camatte nose consisted of three panels (including the cycle fenders), the Camatte 57s front clip boasts 23 panels. Added complexity? Sure, but it also allows for additional personalization and customization, as evidenced by the multicolored demonstrator shown here.
We’re more interested in the second set of body panels revealed at the Tokyo show. Although the one Camatte 57s looks like a roofless version of the quasi-retro Camatte, the other is incredibly racy. From certain angles, it almost looks like the wild GRMN Sports Hybrid II concept, which was built by Toyota partner Gazoo Racing.
Like the first pair of Camatte concepts, the Camatte 57s is rather small (106 inches long, 51 inches wide) and propelled by an electric motor driving the rear axle. And, like the first cars, the Camatte 57 is more than likely slated to remain a concept for the foreseeable future.