The week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is always a busy one for the world’s premier automakers. Toyota’s week in Detroit proved to be no exception with heavy presences for the Toyota, Scion, and Lexus brands; the launch of the Lexus RC F Performance Coupe; and the news that hybrid vehicle sales have topped 6 million worldwide and Certified Pre-Owned sales have eclipsed 4 million in the U.S. However, there was no moment more exciting or juicy than the reveal of the Toyota FT-1 Concept, which CALTY Design Research President Kevin Hunter calls the “spiritual pace car for a changing, evolving Toyota.”
As far back as we here at Thousand Oaks can remember, people have been asking: “When is the next Supra coming out?” The fact is, we’re just as curious as you are but no more certain of the answer (so, to the three or four of you who have volunteered to camp out until it arrives, you can pack up until further notice). The FT-1 Concept, which stands for Future Toyota, may very well be the next step in the march toward Toyota’s next production sports car masterpiece.
The intention of the Toyota FT-1 Concept is to capture the sports car zeitgeist while simultaneously modernizing everything we think we know about sport performance. Emotional, dynamic, and unmistakable, the FT-1 Concept draws upon the influences of the 2000GT, FT-86, and, yes, even the Supra while blazing a path all its own toward what we can come to expect from future Toyota vehicle design.
Toyota’s press release skimps on the specs (which is unfortunate since we all really want to know just how fast this thing moves) but fills us in on how the FT-1 Concept lives up to Akio Toyoda’s notion of “Waku-Doki” (translated to mean “a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement”): the Toyota FT-1 Concept utilizes “function-sculpting” design language to create a highly aerodynamic frame that features sensuous curves, prominent vents and ducts, and a unique rear wing that is deployable/retractable. The interior is a Formula One-inspired “place of business” that is purposefully Spartan yet perfect for complete driver immersion.
The in-game specs for the FT-1 give it a curb weight of 2,910 pounds and 485 horsepower (which apparently increases to 518 horsepower when you get an oil change, because that’s how real life works, too).
While the Toyota FT-1 Concept is just that—a concept—we can only hope that Toyota implements some of its more dynamic cues into their vehicles sooner rather than later. A new Supra, perhaps? Pretty please?
If you want to see…nay, feel…the Toyota FT-1 Concept in action, it is currently available to drive as DLC in Gran Turismo 6—available now for Playstation®3 and Playstation®4 consoles.