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Cars January, 14 2014

Toyota FT-1 Concept

First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design. Inlets, ducting and vents are features of the exterior design that help reinforce its track-ready nature. At higher speeds a retractable rear wing deploys and tilts forward to create additional downforce. The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution. 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. The intimate, low slung cockpit has its A-pillars set far back to help optimize cornering vision. The cockpit’s sense of minimalism adds to the purposefulness of the driver-focused environment with an emphasis on lightweight components. 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.

While technical specifications do not accompany the concept, one can assume that the FT-1 represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear wheel-drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine.

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