Jan 292014
Toyota FT-1 Concept Sports Car

Toyota reveals the FT-1 sports car concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Monday, January 13, 2014. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate. Photo: Joe Polimeni

Toyota’s Akio Toyoda asked for it and he got it. The automaker’s president wanted the next wave of Toyota’s designs to “connect more deeply with customers, generating a more satisfying ownership experience that complements Toyota’s legendary reputation for quality, dependability and reliability.” That desire paved the way for the birth of the FT-1 concept.

The FT-1 is aptly named for Future Toyota with the ‘1’ meaning ultimate.

What began almost two years ago as a design based on Toyota’s Calty Design Research for the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo has now become a living, breathing reality, just in time for the research company’s 40th anniversary.

And yes, for all intents and purposes, the FT-1 does breathe. The vehicle’s frame shows off its muscular athleticism and properly distributed weight promises a zippy ride with handling that is pure fun. As the vehicle gets up in speed, a retractable rear wing opens to improve aerodynamics.

While exhilarating performance is its main goal, the FT-1 still finds a way to incorporate today’s latest technology with its color head-up display.

While no plans have been announced to bring the FT-1 to production, we at Hurlbert Toyota certainly hope to see Toyota’s new design direction look at least a little like this stunning concept.

It seems that’s what the company had in mind as well:

Calty Design Research president, Kevin Hunter, said, “Beyond its five-alarm visual impact, FT-1 is symbolic of a new chapter for Toyota Global Design. This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement, and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into and embodies elements of the emotion and performance that Toyota will imprint upon future production designs.”

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