Toyota unveiled the new chapter on Global Design in the form of its new FT-1 at 2014 North American International Auto Show. This is a cool and excited car that compels everyone to think about and will represents the future of Toyota as even the name stands for ‘Future Toyota’. The new FT-1 concept is a rear wheel drive front engine sports car that targets Japanese super cars as its key rivals. The car gets a look of a no-hold-barred attempt to create a halo car in a limited number, but with a potential that will turn hundreds of heads. One of the representatives of Toyota’s California based Calty Design Research said, “The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe.”
The car gets an appealing exterior that features deeply sculpted air intakes and outlets, glass window, lightweight structure and numerous styling features making it a true example of a sports car. The key rivals would be the existing Nissan GT-R and the upcoming 2015 Acura NSX. Inside the FT-1 Toyota packs, controls mounted steering wheel, fighter jet inspired head-up display, sling shot cockpit and the entire cabin reflects high end materials from top shelves. At the heart of the FT-1 Toyota fits a powerful engine that could be a variant of V8 with a power up to 400 or perhaps more.
Behind the concept of Toyota’s FT-1 a team shared their expertise, including William Chergosky, Tom Matsumoto, Bob Mochizuki, Andrew MacLachlan, Sellene Lee and Tim Farnam.