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Posted by: Spec-Vermillion Jan 13 2014, 06:42 AM
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The Toyota FT-1 Concept is unveiled. What do you think of it?

Posted by: Blue-Sensei Jan 13 2014, 10:10 AM
....I didn't even hear about this. Looks like a frs mixed with a GT-R and a Supra....

So wait...there are rumors going about of a sports coupe...but it's called the Mirai..which this isn't.

So they're showing off a second sports car?

Edit: Nvm, I think the Mirai might be the FT-1

Posted by: touge_ninja Jan 13 2014, 01:04 PM
I'd sell my FRS for that in a heart beat

Posted by: Blue-Sensei Jan 13 2014, 02:41 PM
QUOTE (touge_ninja @ 1 hour, 36 minutes ago)
I'd sell my FRS for that in a heart beat

Sadly, there's no plans of putting it into production...But if it did make it, it'd most likely be in the $60,000 market.

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.

Posted by: JDMMA70 Jan 13 2014, 07:56 PM
I see styling cues from all generations of Celica and Supra, except for that front nose which is like a 7th gen Celica with a massive hard on.

Posted by: MaikazeFD3S Jan 13 2014, 08:27 PM
Yeah the front nose is very TS030 like, overall the first time I saw it I thought I liked the photoshopped black car better, but this grew on me fast.

The first thing that comes into mind is a Japanese twist on a Alfa Romeo 8C, or a very modernized 2000GT.

I'm ultimately ok with this, I would LOVE to see it toned down for a production model but alas, that is only a dream.

Posted by: Blue-Sensei Jan 14 2014, 12:19 AM
To me it looks like a mix of the Supra, FRS, GT-R, FT-HS Concept, and that weird spoiler lip thing from a Z4.

Posted by: Spec-Vermillion Jan 16 2014, 03:55 AM
Hopefully this would have the same story like the FT-86's production model..

Posted by: Normalaatsra Jan 17 2014, 07:29 AM
The front nose looks like something taken from their LMP's. It can also be a nod to their F1 history, maybe the FT-1 naming convention can sound like F1 without the 'T'. The '1' in the name can also mean all sports models put together in the car. The nose has grown into me since, and I like it with it.

Posted by: Moss Jan 26 2014, 02:56 AM
I want this sooooo bad.

I emailed Toyota complaining about them being a cock tease.

So much want!

Posted by: Blue-Sensei Feb 8 2014, 01:31 PM
...holy shit

Toyota has confirmed that the FT-1 will become the next-generation Supra.

Looking further, it may just be speculation after all...T_T

Posted by: MaikazeFD3S Feb 25 2014, 02:03 PM
QUOTE (Blue-Sensei @ Feb 8 2014, 05:31 PM)
...holy shit

Toyota has confirmed that the FT-1 will become the next-generation Supra.

Looking further, it may just be speculation after all...T_T

It looks like this is the real thing sir, Toyota has renewed the rights to the 'Supra' branding. Looks like we will have a MK5 shortly after a near 15 year hiatus.

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