Back in the mid-1980s, Toyota was secretly working on an MR2-based rally car with all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, and a widened, prototype-style body with a giant ducktail spoiler. Called the 222D, it was aimed at a rally category called Group S, the slower, safer, but more prototype-friendly successor to the wild Group B. But Group S was dragged into the drink with Group B, leaving Toyota with no place to race the 222D, which it consigned to a warehouse, its potential unrealized. But with no legacy comes no baggage and no one to disappoint, so calling the MR2’s electric tribute the 222E would honor what could have been, not to mention establish a rally theme for the inevitable high-performance model.
Such a car could gain all-wheel drive from a second (or third, or fourth) motor on the front axle, and to supply the juice to run it, a bigger battery. With how popular overlanding has become, it may as well feature a little lift, all-terrain tires, bash plates, and a Safari Rally-appropriate ducktail spoiler. And as long as I’m daydreaming, a detachable roof rack, be it for a popup tent or a spare set of tires.