Why the Crazy Car Project? We’re not quite sure, though it appears this electric 2000GT SEV is “crazy” because of the sounds it makes. While electric cars typically run virtually silently, this one’s programmed to produce a variety of sounds, including that of a rocket, an airplane and a galloping horse (?!), according to the PR.
Led by the Toyota Automobile Association, the project involves the conversion of a classic 2000GT — which made its debut in 1967 and is billed as Japan’s “first full-blown sports car” — into, it seems, an earth-friendly ride that appeals to a younger generation not as turned on by cars as older folks apparently are. The concept vehicle will be on display during this weekend’s 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
The Crazy Car Project people don’t provide any details (not in English, anyway) on how far the car can travel on its lithium-ion batteries, which are charged by solar panels artfully incorporated into the hood. A rather poor translation on the website, though, does say the converted classic is a “genuine future-car, which people could enjoy driving with achieving ultimate zero missions” (which sounds rather James Bond-ish).
Only 337 of the original 2000GTs were ever produced, with one making an appearance in the 1967 James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice.” It’s likely we’ll see only one example of the “crazy” 2000GT SEV.