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2014 North American International Auto Show

Toyota FT-1 Concept celebrates CALTY Design Studio's 40th anniversary

 

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The Toyota FT-1 Concept made its world debut at the 2014 NAIAS.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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DETROIT -- Toyota's FT-1 Concept was first designed for the Sony Playstation's Gran Turismo 6 video game. Then, it came to life during its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 13. The FT-1 Concept also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the automaker's CALTY Design Studio located in Newport Beach, Calif. It is the automaker's answer to Akio Toyoda’s call for design revolution, more heart-pounding design.

"It's a car to get the public excited about Toyota again," said Bob Mochizuki, senior designer at Toyota's CALTY Design Studio. "It's an authentic sports car, new styling plus it pays respect to the old sports cars like the Supra, 2000GT and Celica. We want to respect tohose cars, but come out with a brand new, exciting aggressive Toyota."

Please tell me about some of the interior and exterior features on the FT-1 Concept.

"Well, the exterior, is basically a real, pure sports car," he added. "It has a long hood, cabin pushed back, rear wheel drive, gas engine with a lot of beautiful sculpture and a lot of cool mechanical pieces to have a more racer look to it. The interior is designed around a heads-up display so it's easy for the driver to focus on the road. All of the controls are on the steering wheel. It's a big V-shape, totally wraparound the driver. He's in total control."

As we've been talking, I saw the spoiler go up and down.

"Yeah, it has a big spoiler in the back that comes up at a certain speed. It's to pay [tribute] to the older Supra's. It gives a no-nonsense performance feel to the whole car."

Toyota has just confirmed that a new sports car based on the Supra will be coming in 2016. They filed a new trademark filing to the United States Patent & Trademark Office on February 10 to secure the character mark ‘Supra.’

"We try to put as many cool features on it, make it a beautiful, sexy beast," the senior designer explained. "I hope the public enjoys it."

For more information about the Toyota FT-1 Concept, visit www.toyota.com.

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It is a pure performance, track-focused sports car model created by CALTY Design Research, Toyota's North American Design branch.

 

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The FT-1 concept is a symbol that captures elements of the emotion and energy we can expect to see in future Toyota vehicles designs.

 

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Its design is heavily influenced by Toyota's long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT, Celica, Supra and most recently, FT-86 (Scion F-RS).

 

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The name says it all. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate.

 

 

This page was last updated on Wed, February 19, 2014 5:31 PM

 

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