Unleashed at the ongoing 2014 NAIAS in Detroit is the Toyota FT-1, a concept that harks back to the Japanese company’s past sports cars. Its dynamic proportions come courtesy of a traditional front-engined, RWD configuration, which allows for a very sports car-like cab-backward stance.
This helps weight distribution, and thanks to A-pillars that have been pushed as far back as possible, there’s more cornering visibility to be had, Toyota says. The FT-1 is the work of Toyota’s Calty design studio in California, aiming “to give Toyota products more energy and passion” as well as to create cars that “connect more deeply with customers and generate a more satisfying ownership experience.”
Prominent frontal intakes, an F1-style protruding nose and front wing, striking 21-inch wheels wrapped in 245/35 series rubber, large twin tailpipes and a retractable rear wing make no bones about its performance aspirations. The wrap-around windscreen and side glass openings are clear nods to the 2000GT of the 1960s, while the long bonnet has a transparent section through which the engine is visible.
The driver faces an F1-inspired steering wheel with gear indicator and an engine start button. Flanking it are shift paddles, and just above it sits a colour head-up display and a delta-shaped display zone. We can also see deep bucket seats, a swoopy centre console and what appears to be aluminium pedals.
No official tech details have been divulged, but Toyota hints that power will come from a combustion engine instead of a hybrid powertrain. The car is set to be released for download on the Gran Turismo 6 racing game, as part of the Vision series.