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Toyota tears covers the FT-1, a sexy concept mysterious underpinnings


14 2014

TOYOTA today a sexy rear-drive sportscar in Detroit that signals its move away from and points to a potential road-going to the defunct Supra supercar.

The of the car, dubbed the FT-1, at the American International Motor today comes as small — rumours suggested as — but Toyota achieved the feat of not allowing images of the car to online ahead of the reveal.

Penned by designers at its Calty in California, the FT-1 — for ‘Future Toyota’ — lean and mean lines in parts by the 2000GT of the 1960s, car’s modern successors, the and MR2 of the 1990s, plus the Lexus from 2008 and 2012’s LF-LC.

Toyota went as far as to the FT-1 “a spiritual pace car for the design revolution occurring the company”, and a car “that represents a of the excitement people can expect to see in Toyota production models”.

But a catch: Toyota is staying on any production potential for this and whether any road-going version wear the coveted Supra

However, given Toyota Akio Toyoda’s enthusiasm for — Mr Toyoda himself is a driver — and the company’s with the smaller and cheaper 86, to see some variety of this car on the within a few years.

It is expected such a car will use a joint developed alongside BMW. The and German automotive giants a deal to co-operate on, among things, a sportscar platform in the few years.

Mechanical details are save that the show car a conventional internal combustion rather than a hybrid mounted at the front of the car and visible a clear glass panel on the Power is sent through the wheels.

Speaking from the stand following the world Calty president Kevin said the FT-1, while a concept at this point, was of Toyota’s mission under Mr to ditch dull designs in of sex appeal.

“This is the Toyota we are evolving he said. “For many Toyota has relied on… consumer and a degree of internal consensus. The was to produce a vehicle that was by everyone.

“As a result we took risk and tried not to stray too far designs that had been a Toyota’s design efforts are reliant on consensus now, we empowered our designers and engineers to a creative and passionate vision.

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“As car ourselves, this is the kind of we dream about working

Toyota also said designs such as the FT-1 to an aim of creating a more “satisfying experience” that complements its for bulletproof reliability: in other injecting an emotive edge its practical product.

The FT-1‘s features curved and muscular forms with taut and oversized fenders and numerous air scattered across the red surface. At speeds, a retractable rear deploys and tilts forward to additional downforce.

The cabin’s windscreen and side glass are a nod to the design of the 2000GT. The driver behind an F1-inspired steering and the A-pillars are set far back to help vision. A colour head-up projects information just the steering wheel within the line of sight.

The minimalist cockpit has an emphasis on components. The composite seat is with scant padding in the areas that come contact with the driver.

In for pitching the concept to Toyota Calty worked with Digital, creators of the Gran driving simulator, to bring to life in a virtual world.

executives were offered the to take FT-1 for a timed lap a computer-generated Fuji Speedway. the wheel of the concept, Mr Toyoda the virtual circuit faster his best real-world lap time at in his LFA.

From that Toyota says, “he was convinced and the was approved to be built in model for the international motor show

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