Toyota's Wooden Setsuna Concept Car Will Debut At Milan Design Week

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Toyota have unveiled the wooden Setsuna concept ahead of its official debut at the Milan Design Week in April. It will also mark Toyota's first ever appearance at the show.

Toyota claims the two-seat roadster is simultaneously reminiscent of a both a classic British sports car and a speedboat, and is powered by an electric motor.

The Setsuna concept is a roadster made almost entirely of wood. Leather and machine aluminium parts provide some contrast from all the different types of wood wood.  

The exterior panels of the car are made from the wood from a Japanese cedar tree while the frame is made from Japanese birchwood. The floor of the car is made from wood from the Japanese Elm tree (Zelkova serrata).

The instrument panel and the seats are made from the wood of the castor oil plant and the steering wheel is made from cypress wood. Toyota has used a traditional Japanese process called 'okuriari' to fuse the wooden parts together without the use of any nails and screws.    

According to Forbes, the Setsuna's lead acid battery powered electric drive train give it a range of almost 26 kilometers. 

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Story first published: Monday, March 7, 2016, 10:59 [IST]
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