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2014 Detroit Auto Show: Toyota FT-1 Concept (FAQ)

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What Is It?
Toyota FT-1 Concept

What's New About This Model?
The Toyota FT-1 Concept is a design study of a flagship high-performance sports car. It was designed by Toyota's California-based design studio, Calty Design Research.

When Does It Go on Sale?
There are no plans to put the FT-1 into production, though Toyota's current sports car range could easily accommodate such a vehicle. Today the company's sole sports car is the entry-level Scion FR-S. Its supercar, the Lexus LFA, is no longer in production, leaving room in the automaker's lineup for a successor, or a less-expensive, Supra-like vehicle.

What Configuration Does It Have?
The FT-1 is a four-seat, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car. Surprisingly, no hybrid hardware was mentioned, so this is apparently a purists' sports car with a focus on light weight. A trendy transparent engine cover reveals the engine, which remains of unknown provenance.

As the FT-1 sports 2+2 seating, a Toyota badge (and not a Lexus badge) and looks capable of housing an inline six-cylinder power plant, the FT-1 is highly suggestive of a latter-day Supra. The BMW-Toyota sports car collaboration announced in late December leads to tantalizing speculation. It's not too hard to imagine BMW's proven, powerful inline-6 taking residence in the FT-1's engine bay.

Which Cars Influenced Its Styling?
Hints of the iconic Toyota 2000GT can be seen in the shape of the FT-1's side glass and curvaceous side elements, while the wraparound windshield was inspired by the Lexus FT-HS concept from 2007. The nose's central protrusion and prominent ducting recall pure motorsport cars like Toyota's TS030 LMP1 endurance racecar. Look closely and you can see the Scion FR-S and Lexus LFA in the car's general proportions.

Toyota's withdrawal from Formula 1 racing in 2009 might explain why no explicit links to F1 were mentioned, though the inspiration for the rear foglight is unmistakable.

Why Did Toyota Build It?
Acknowledging the company's previous consensus-based, low-risk design approach, the FT-1 represents a far more passion-oriented philosophy for Toyota. It is intended to set the tone for the company's future design projects, which promise to be bolder than past efforts.

What Does It Look Like in Person?
The Toyota FT-1 is one of those cars that really needs to be seen in the metal in order to appreciate the full impact of its form. It's truly stunning with the benefit of the third dimensions. This is not a sprawling, massive supercar: rather it looks shrink-wrapped and taut, compact but not toylike. Drown in retro it does not, as the FT-1's nods to the past are subtly and cleanly integrated and the styling confidently goes its own way.

I Want To Drive It, but How?
On January 14 Toyota will make the FT-1 available on Gran Turismo 6 for the Sony PlayStation. It's said to be faster than the LFA around Fuji Speedway in the hands of Akio Toyoda, Toyota's president.

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Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    More J.A. Pan & Co. "styling." Most cars you can drive away with the ignition key and a tankful of fuel...this one looks like you'd drive it away with a can of RAID.

  • "Yes Mr. Wayne.....it comes in black."

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Presenting the Panoz Abruzzi by Toyota!

  • sonnijc sonnijc Posts:

    Show stealer!!! just build it...Inline turbocharged six. Or twin electric motors with quick charge and battery swap, hello Tesla. Makes the Vette look like a fat whale.

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    This can go 2 ways: 1. It will take 10 years to produce, Toyota will make 50 of them at $500K a pop and nobody will ever see one except at a car show. 2. It will take 8 years to produce, the design will be "refined" a dozen times and will be underpowered and overpriced. Meanwhile Nissan sits wondering why nobody else makes a $35K, 2 seat sports car.

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    Phallic

  • Way too radical for Toyota - They can't even redesign their own Toyota Tacoma its running on a 9-year cycle! And of course the first paragraph speaks for its self: "There are no plans to put the FT-1 into production" The front hints at RX8 the rear looks like the front clip of the new 4runner stuck on! Toyota might be the biggest auto producer, but folks the competition is furious today. Many good High HP products avaliable. Agree with ed341! Back to Barret Jackson...

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    "Are you sure you used enough vents and slots there, Butch?"

  • aston_dbs aston_dbs Posts:

    The first Toyota product that I may like in 20 years, after the Supra Turbo (considering it will be built and priced accordingly). LF-A maybe a hoot to drive, but for its price, it just doesn't have the presence of the Aventador.

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