Toyota’s FT-1 Concept: A Possible Sign of What’s on the Horizon
The Toyota FT-1 is a dramatic concept vehicle that may never actually make it to any showroom, but for the time being it does provide us with a unique look inside the minds of Toyota's designers. Not all concept cars make it all the way through to the production phase, but they do often influence other cars in the lineup. Read on to find out more about Toyota's latest concept, the thrilling FT-1.
The FT-1 Sports Coupe
First created within the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, the voluptuous FT-1 is the brainchild of the designers at the Calty Design Research facility in Newport Beach, California, and its name loaded with significance; “FT” is short for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” is meant to signify the ultimate. The vehicle's exciting concept shows off a futuristic design language, one that could signal the direction in which future Toyota sports cars might head. Some also say it bears some resemblance to a souped-up version of the Scion FR-S, which was recently rebranded as the Toyota 86.
Still, the FT-1 was a clean-slate concept. The design actually started with the adjectives that someone might use to describe the finished car; “sexy,” “honest,” “organic,” “kick-ass,” are a few words chief designer Alex Shen came up with.
From there, the designs accumulated. Almost every designer in the 60-person studio created sketches. The struggle for the designers was to look to the future of the Toyota sports car while also showing reverence for the past (to vehicles such as the Toyota Supra). The finished design debuted at the New York Auto Show. It is dominated by F-1 and other racing-inspired design cues, all for the purpose of creating downforce and aerodynamic advantage, as well as cooling for brakes and airflow to the engine compartment.
Perhaps the best part about the concept for the FT-1 is that it was created with an accessible price point in mind. Shen said that the designers had $60,000 as a guideline, which would put this exotic-looking coupe in a relatively accessible price bracket when compared to its competitors.
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Though it's true the Toyota FT-1 may never make it to production, you can test drive the current Toyota lineup right now at Toyota of Gastonia. Browse our extensive inventory to find the Toyota model that seamlessly fits your lifestyle. Visit our showroom, located at 4821 Wilkinson Boulevard, or contact us online today with any questions.