Toyota has unveiled a concept car that will almost certainly remain so for a variety of reasons. For one, the Toyota Setsuna is made almost entirely from wood, constructed according to an ancient Japanese technique that joins planks together without nails or screws — an impractical way to build a car in a production context, to be sure. Second, as you can see in the photo above, the Setsuna concept looks like a damn boat.
Not to put too fine a point on this, but remember those boat-cars that the characters drive in SpongeBob SquarePants? That’s what the Toyota Setsuna most readily calls to mind. As for its wood construction, the materials’ (specifically, birch and cedar) weakness is turned into an asset, as its tendency “to change over time” is measured by a 100-year meter inside. Not made from wood, thankfully, is the car’s electric motor.
You can read more about the Toyota Setsuna concept car, not coming to a showroom near you, at Car and Driver right here.