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TOYOTA today a … 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 show following the world premiere, president Kevin Hunter the FT-1, while just a at this point, was indicative of mission under Mr Toyoda to dull designs in favour of appeal.

“This is the Toyota we are into,” he said. “For years Toyota has relied on… studies and a degree of internal The goal was to produce a vehicle was liked by everyone.

“As a result we less risk and tried not to too far from designs that had a success. Toyota’s design are less reliant on consensus we have empowered our designers and to develop a creative and passionate

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“As car enthusiasts ourselves, this is the of project we dream about on.”

Toyota also that designs such as the point to an aim of creating a more ownership experience” that its reputation for bulletproof reliability: in words, injecting an emotive into its practical product.

The design features curved and body forms with surfaces and oversized fenders and air vents scattered across the red At higher speeds, a retractable wing deploys and tilts to create additional downforce.

The wraparound windscreen and side openings are a nod to the design of the 2000GT. The sits behind an F1-inspired wheel, and the A-pillars are set far back to cornering vision. A colour display projects information above the steering wheel the driver’s 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 moment, says, “he was convinced and the concept was to be built in model form for the motor show circuit”.

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