The Toyota FT-1 concept is a pure performance, track-focused sports car model created by CALTY Design Research, Toyota’s North American Design branch.
Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept. First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference at COBO Hall.*
While technical specifications do not accompany the concept, one can assume that the FT-1 represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear wheel-drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine. Beneath a transparent glass hood, an ambiguous engine cover hides a powerplant left to the imagination of the onlooker.
For Alex Shen, studio chief designer at Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the words describing the sports car’s styling concept came first — words like “sexy,” “honest,” “organic,” “kick-ass.” Followed by proportions — front/mid-engine, rear drive, just the right scale. And a wild guess at price — maybe $60,000? “It’s a Toyota,” says Shen. “It ought to be affordable.”
If you attended this years Detroit Auto Show we are sure you say and admired this car. While currently a concept car we would love to see the FT-1 become a production reality.