Toyota unveiled the FT-1 concept on the inaugural day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Toyota first unveiled the FT-1 concept on the inaugural day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The stunning FT-1 (Future Toyota 1) was a follow-up to other concepts such as the FT-HS from 2007 and the Lexus LF-LC from 2012. Work on the project started in 2012 and was conducted by the Calty design team who came up with a front-engined rear-wheel drive coupe to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Sending a bit of a TVR Sagaris vibe, the Toyota FT-1 concept has a wraparound windshield and 2000GT-inspired side glass openings, while inside there’s an F1-like steering wheel. It appears to have one of the most aggressive designs from Toyota and looks like an 86 on a heavy dose of steroids with a muscular body.
The creators mentioned cornering vision and sensation were improved by moving the A-pillars far back. Its minimalistic cockpit features a delta-shaped display area and there’s also a colour heads-up display to keep the driver focused on the road up ahead.
Toyota mentioned the FT-1 concept “represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine." Sometime in the (near) future this interesting concept could serve as the basis for a long-rumoured Supra revival.