Toyota | FT-1 Concept
The Toyota FT-1 concept is a pure performance, track-focused sports car model created by CALTY Design Research, Toyota's North American Design branch. FT-1 stands for "Future Toyota," and the number "1" represents the ultimate. Its design is heavily influenced by Toyota's long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT, MR2, Supra and most recently, 86 (Scion FR-S).
The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution. This design element also helps create the classic sportscar proportions one would expect from a vehicle poised to dominate even the most challenging road course. The cockpit's wraparound windshield and side glass openings are a distinct nod to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.
The interior is a focused, highly functional "place of business" that locates the driver at the controls behind an F1 inspired steering-wheel. A color heads-up display keeps the driver's attention on the road ahead, with vital information projected just above the steering wheel within the driver's line of sight.
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.