Toyota FT-1 Concept ignites design passion
DESIGN excitement has been reinvigorated at Toyota.
The Toyota FT-1 Concept has been revealed, in what the company is calling a "spiritual pace-car for the global design revolution occurring within the company".
Designed at Toyota's Calty Design Research studio in California, FT stands for "Future Toyota" and the "1" represents the ultimate.
Originally devised for the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game, FT-1 leapt from the "virtual" into "reality" during Toyota's presentation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.
It's a breathtaking design, with curved, muscular, expressive body forms with taut surfaces and dramatic fenders.
There are no details available on the drivetrain, with Toyota saying "details are being left to the imagination of the onlooker".
Calty president Kevin Hunter said FT-1 is symbolic of a new and exciting chapter for Toyota global design.
"Sports cars represent the ultimate driving expression in its purest form. As car enthusiasts ourselves, this is the kind of project we dream about working on," Mr Hunter said.
"This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into and embodies elements of the emotion and performance that Toyota will imprint upon future production designs."
At higher speeds, a retractable rear wing deploys and tilts forward to create additional downforce.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase for classic sports-car proportions that improve weight distribution.
A colour head-up display keeps the driver's attention on the road ahead with vital information projected just above the steering wheel within the driver's line of sight.