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Toyota F1/Ultimate Celica

From Virtual to Reality? FT-1 Concept Sets the for Future Design

Company Akio Toyoda’s call for revolution, more heart-pounding

Stunning design draws on rich sports car history

Design Research celebrates 40 th with ultimate design

January 13, 2014

DETROIT, (Jan. 13, 2014) — virtually blew the doors off the American International Auto with the reveal of the stunning sports car concept. First by Calty Design Research in the PlayStation Gran Turismo environment, FT-1 leapt the screen to the stage in a race-inspired conference at COBO Hall.*

The says it all. FT-1 for “Future Toyota,” and the number represents the ultimate. According to its at Calty Design Research, the Concept is the ultimate expression of a coupe design, building Toyota’s rich sports heritage dating back to the Celica, Supra, MR2 and most Scion FR-S. In addition, the draws inspiration from more recent sports car work such as FT-HS and the Lexus LF-LC (2012).

The project started nearly two ago and represents a labor of love by a dedicated and gifted Calty team. “The FT-1 is a for a designer and car enthusiast like said Alex Shen, Studio Chief Designer. team was heavily influenced by sports car past, especially and Supra, and we sought to capture of that history. It is an aggressive, sports car concept with a that has been amplified for and awe.”

The FT-1’s audacious represents the pinnacle of Calty’s 40 th of operation. Guided by the Toyota ethos of Vibrant Clarity, a fusion of both emotional and factors that delivers a exciting and dramatic design with unique Toyota the concept is a spiritual pace car for Global Design. The goal of ideological shift is to develop generations of products that connect emotionally with global consumer base.

Toyota’s design decisions been driven by consensus a large group of stakeholders. Akio Toyoda’s stated to invigorate Toyota products energy, passion and “Waku-Doki” a palpable heart-pounding sense of the approval process has been This new approach aims to cars that connect deeply with customers, a more satisfying ownership that complements Toyota’s reputation for quality, dependability and

“Function-sculpting” design language curved, muscular, expressive forms seemingly shaped by the Inlets, ducting, and vents are of the exterior design that reinforce its trackready nature elements of purposeful airflow At higher speeds a retractable wing deploys and tilts to create additional downforce. The athleticism is expressed with surfaces and dramatic fender that seduce the eyes covered in an unapologetically red hue.

The engine rear-wheel drive locates the cockpit far rearward the wheelbase to improve weight This design element helps create the classic proportions one would expect a vehicle poised to dominate the most challenging road The cockpit’s wraparound windshield and glass openings are a distinct nod to the of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.


The interior is a focused, highly “place of business” that the driver at the controls behind an F1 steering-wheel. The intimate, low slung has its A-pillars set far back to help cornering vision and sensation of the intimacy. A delta-shaped display surrounds and integrates the driver to an exhilarating sense of being to the vehicle. The cockpit’s sense of adds to the purposefulness of the driver-focused with an emphasis on light components such as the composite covered with just the amount of padding in only the that come into with the driver. A color display keeps the driver’s on the road ahead, with information projected just the steering wheel within the line of sight.

Toyota F1/Ultimate Celica

While specifications do not accompany the concept, one can that the FT-1 represents an balanced front-engine, rear layout that is powered by a high performance internal engine. Beneath a transparent hood, an ambiguous engine hides a powerplant left to the of the onlooker.

In preparation for pitching the concept to management, Calty worked Polyphony Digital, creators of the Gran Turismo driving to bring FT-1 to life in a world that captured the passion and performance conveyed by the model. Toyota executives offered the opportunity to take for a timed lap around a computer-generated Speedway. Behind the wheel of the Toyota president Akio an accomplished race car driver, the virtual circuit faster his best real-world lap time at in his LFA. From that he was convinced and the concept was approved to be in model-form for the international auto circuit.

For Toyota, this embodies the possibilities of the new and exciting mission ahead. “Sports represent the ultimate driving in its purest form. As car enthusiasts this is the kind of project we about working on,” Calty Design Research Kevin Hunter. “Beyond its five-alarm visual impact, is symbolic of a new chapter for Toyota Design. This provocative truly captures the passion, and energy of the Toyota we are evolving and embodies elements of the emotion and that Toyota will upon future production

*Toyota’s North American studio, CALTY initiated, and styled the FT-1 concept. did not influence the creative vehicle process. The Gran Turismo 6 Driving Simulator was used as a tool with top management to approval for the final Calty concept.

About Toyota

the world’s top automaker and creator of the is committed to building vehicles for the way live through our Toyota, and Scion brands. Over the 50 years, we’ve built than 25 million cars and in North America, where we 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and employ nearly 40,000 (more than 37,000 in the Our 1,800 North American sold more than 2.3 cars and trucks in 2012 and 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles over the past 20 years are on the road today.

Toyota partners with organizations across the country, a focus on education, safety and the As part of this commitment, we the company’s extensive know-how from building great and trucks to help community and other nonprofits expand ability to do good. (NYSE:TM)

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