Toyota FT-1

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Toyota 4500GT

Toyota FT-1

No, it’s not Yes, it could be. Chances? No than fifty-fifty, most On the other hand, this pushmobile (it does have a electric motor to move it auto-show stands) got this far it’s a great PlayStation and after “driving” it, Akio himself decreed that it exist as a realistic concept That costs real (although not nearly as much as a drivable car), showing the of the concept. Toyota has a long-running and irregular relationship with cars, starting with the little Sports 800 back in the the 2000GT, three generations of the last near-supercar Supra, the shared-with-Subaru sport coupe Scion FR-S), and some good prototypes. I cherish the of driving—really fast—the fully 4500GT concept car at the Toyota ground in the late ’80s. It was engineered, but its aerodynamically superior shape was “too strange” for people, and the project was dropped.

While talking with the of the California-based FT-1 design Hunter, president of Calty Research in Newport Beach, and design manager William the Detroit show in January, we that this truly is a fantasy. The FT-1 has never in a wind tunnel, and it doesn’t have an engine (there is an cover for the imagined in-line six the desires for its relationship to the engine in the nor is there an existing component set for the race-car-like chassis they like to see beneath its skin. performance group, TRD, was in to have a look, and they the FT-1 was “pretty good” as is but have to test it to be sure.

So, the original Viper concept this “dream car” evolve into a serious (or, like the Dodge disappear forever). Let’s a look at what’s here and what could exist one It’s interesting that the was to put the engine up front, Corvette- and rather than expand on the scheme of Toyota Le Mans and the MR2. Many engineers and think that a front-engine car is easier to live with on roads, less likely to an inattentive driver in “ordinary” situations. It also happens to really good proportions, a longer hood and a shorter

The best part of the car is the interior, is seriously thought out, made, and extremely satisfying to be in you struggle past the wide I would love to see a production of the FT-1 with the exterior down a bit and perfected in a wind It’s not a complete design but it’s definitely on the right

Front 3/4 View

1 The blunt evokes thoughts of the classic 810’s “coffin nose”—and the Le Mans cars from a or more ago.

2 An awful lot of goin’ on in this front-end big holes on either side of the nacelle and good-size ones the front tires, apparently.

3 Triple round lamps Jean-Paul Oyono’s Alfa design study for Zagato, picked up by Giorgetto Giugiaro for his Romeo Brera and other

4 Fake air-deflecting blades are all the among stylists right but these can’t do anything they’re solid to the body and add drag.

5 Handsome huge are not very race-car-like, generating far too turbulence.

6 The door skins are convoluted and become an impressive all by themselves if removed from the

7 So what’s behind these holes that needs Radiators? Then why the huge up front? Terrific styling, design.

8 A particularly nice is the glass-to-glass joint outside the carrying a tint all the way around the

9 Double-bubble roof is again a of must-have cliché, from to Zagato, with Corvette, and others riding along.

10 Transparent covers for engine are getting to be standard on high-level cars. Nice for bystanders, but one about keeping them

Rear 3/4 View

11 Very outlet for so much air scooped in up There’s no question that hot air has to get and this is probably not big enough.

12 ribs are pure styling, admitted, but TRD says it might push air toward the center and the retractable wing.

13 Yep, to have a fuel filler as a element. But for Le Mans, it ought to be on the side of the car . . .

14 The surface this sharp line and the is a wing mounted on four (presumably hydraulic) that and tilt the panel.

Toyota 4500GT

15 These corners clash more a little with the rounded body, and fender cross-sections the wheels and really don’t sense.

16 Bulbous surround for the pipes evoke 1950s pod” details on show Exhaust tips are cut at an angle, as pointing outward.

17 Another nonfunctional air-deflector again glued to the surface it so no air can pass between it and the body. But looking, right?

18 This sagging curve recalls BMW concept cars and the Z3. It doesn’t to do anything useful, but again, it serious.

19 The moderately tight running from the bottom of the outlet to the top of the rear inlet some definition to the body and, of course, the convolutions it strengthen the door panel.


20 The pedal assembly is a of beauty, all precision-machined. The bottom is slightly out of the past, but it worked for many of the world’s best

21 The feeling of a single-seat cockpit for the is emphasized by the metallic section rises from the central and continues on the door.

22 The head-up display panel is like an old-time racing a nice, rather poetic

23 A clever and useful indicator in the rim tells what gear in and how quickly you’re approaching the Surprisingly, it’s not at all distracting.

24 The aren’t racing-car light but are beautiful in execution.

Toyota 4500GT


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