The striking FT-1 Concept short for “Future Toyota.” The California based Calty Design Research designed the FT-1. The Calty Design Research team drew inspiration from the FT-HS and the Lexus LF-LC concepts from 2007 and 2012.
To make the FT-1, Akio Toyoda, the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, challenged Toyota’s Calty Design Research team to create a car with passion and “a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement.” Instead of making design decisions “by consensus among a large group of stakeholders,” the company says “the [design] approval process has been streamlined. This new approach aims to produce cars that connect more deeply with customers.”
“The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself, our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer.
“This is coming straight from the top,” said Toyota designer William Chergosky “This is to prove that we’re not a vanilla company anymore. We wanted it to look like it’s no joke.”
Toyota has brought its A game to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, even if Toyota never puts the FT-1 into production, the concept will be available as a download exclusively for Gran Turismo 6 on the Sony PlayStation.