toyota resurrects the supra with the FT-1 concept at NAIAS
 
toyota resurrects the supra with the FT-1 concept at NAIAS
jan 14, 2014

toyota resurrects the supra with the FT-1 concept at NAIAS

toyota resurrects the supra with the FT1 concept at NAIAS
all images courtesy toyota

 

 

 

at the north american international auto show, toyota unveiled the ‘FT-1 concept’, (FT standing for ‘future toyota’) a track-focused performance sports car developed by CALTY design research, toyota’s north american design branch. capturing design elements expected in future toyota vehicles designs, the FT-1 concept was heavily influenced by classic toyota sports cars, building upon the japanese car maker’s coupe heritage that dates back to the 2000GT, celica, supra, MR2 and FT-86.

 

‘the FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself,’ explains alex shen, calty’s studio chief designer. ‘our team was heavily influenced by toyota’s sports car past, especially celica and supra, and we sought to capture some of that history.’

 

 


toyota FT-1 concept car
video courtesy toyotaUSA

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

 

 

the ‘FT-1 concept’ design language incorporates a plethora of curved, expressive body forms seemingly shaped by the wind; inlets, air ducts, and vent features help reinforce its aggressive track stance with airflow management and highly aerodynamic elements.

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

 

 

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 to improve weight distribution.

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

toyota FT-1 concept front 3/4 view

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

toyota FT-1 concept rear 3/4 view

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

toyota FT-1 concept side view

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

 

 

an F1 inspired steering-wheel locates the driver at the controls behind a focused, highly functional interior. the low slung cockpit features set-back a-pillars to help optimize one’s line of sight for cornering accuracy.

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

front end detail

 

toyota resurrects the supra with FT-1 concept at NAIAS

sculpted inlets, air ducts, and vent help reinforce airflow management

 

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