Toyota FT-86

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Toyota FT-86

Toyota FT-86

It’s said There’s nothing new the sun, and sometimes that’s in surprising ways. At the spavined show last fall, unveiled its FT-86 concept, a closed sports car with a flat-four engine sitting of the front axle but driving the wheels. The FT-86’s Subaru is derived from the old German Arabella. It’s an odd layout, but one before.

In the early 1950s, Borgward was just starting to the front-wheel-drive Arabella when a British manufacturer of two-cylinder trucks, Jowett of Bradford, its Javelin Jupiter sports car the same configuration as the FT-86 and equally significant German input. The Jowett Javelin elegant multitubular, torsion-bar-suspended came from the fertile of Robert Eberan von Eberhorst. Ferdinand Porsche’s assistant, von designed the 1938-39 Auto V-12 grand prix Jowett had built not quite 900 of the JJJ roadsters when Ford the Briggs Motor Bodies and cut off Jowett

— which in any case was on financial ground, as was Subaru General Motors abandoned its in 2005.

The FT-86 is quirky enough to a real success when it into production, probably year. It carries quite a few visual cues, especially at the but it’s relatively ordinary although its triangular headlamp was obviously inspired by the

Toyota FT-86

Alfa Romeo Brera, the triple round lenses. It be dead easy to remove the keep the straight-A-pillar windshield, and a terrific roadster, almost a in today’s sports car market. And the haunches are even high to hold a folding metal if required by the market.

It has been too since Toyota had a sports and the bucks-up Lexus LFA can’t the affordable MR2 and Supra models were abandoned when decided that it wanted to GM as the world’s number-one car manufacturer, no room for niche models. like Daihatsu, is now a suzerainty of that can reasonably turn out products while making profits. Using an existing platform and dropping the front makes sense but results in the physical layout pioneered by It worked well enough, Jupiters won the 1.5-liter class at Le in 1950, ’51, and ’52.

As a successor to the MR2, the FT-86 has a lot going for it. It looks pretty has an interesting mechanical package, and handle well and be fun to drive. The one FT-86 is not a good name for a even from a company has embraced Camry, Prius, and The numbers eight and six evoke illustrious tuner car, the Corolla Sport (code-named But I prefer to think of it as an oblique to the Jupiter and its flat-out top speed of. 86

Toyota FT-86
Toyota FT-86

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