Its movement, a series of swooping darts, recalls a dragonfly's graceful flight through sultry airs.Its silent passage seems otherworldly and its appearance pure steampunk.In the i-Road, Kanaka and his team have linked these seemingly implausible ideas.
"No two-wheeler can brake fully and turn at the same time," says Kanaka, "but this one can." He admits, however, that if the i-Road goes into full production he will need to look at a more crashworthy structure and stronger doors, as well as all-weather sealing.
Ineviably that will add weight, which will affect tperformance.
"So that's why everyone comes back with a smile on their face," said Toyota's translator as she jumped out of the i-Road after a begged drive in this tilting trike.
She was right, no one gets out of an i-Road without a daft grin across their fizzog.
It feels dainty as you climb in and close the vestigial door bar.
There's an accelerator and brake and a conventional, squared-off steering wheel, with push-buttons to select drive, reverse or park, next to a simple liquid crystal display giving information on the drive selected, vehicle speed and battery charge.
Push Drive and the little trike surges gently forward against its brakes, eager to be off.
The test cars were used at the Geneva Show debut last March and had speed limiters, but you fair zoom across the car park when you stand on the throttle.
Designed in-house by Koji Fujita, with its tilting battery-electric three-wheel driveline engineered by a team under Yanaka, the i-Road is an urban runabout concept.