Toyota is on the verge of another breakthrough with the Toyota FT-1 and its coming fast down the horizon.
This monster was originally designed in 2007 and has been continuously tweaked since then. With this 2015 concept, the Toyota FT-1 (the next Supra) is for now little less than other worldly.
Planned by Toyota’s best design teams as well as its racing team for improved aerodynamics, this car has taken the phrase “Street Legal Race Car” to another level. It takes the best of Lexus, Toyota, Scion, and Toyota’s racing team, bundles them up in a tight package – that seems to be more at home on the track than on the road – and makes it work like a fat lady in a bagel shop. The seats look just as comfortable as anything on a race track and the cockpit is a marvel of Toyota racing technology.
A combination of carbon fiber, leather, suede and brushed aluminum make up the interior. The dash is a head up display reflected off a glass panel and is different from anything we have seen in a production car to date; however in a racing car, not so much. Following current European supercar trends, there is (at least for now) no shifter. Tech wizardry aside, this car is quite a beast. It’s long and low slung smoked tinted hood should be a reminder of just what car the FT-1 is going to be posed against. As far as the interior goes, don’t expect it to be this crude if it debuts in 2016 or 2017. Also as this is designed to be a Toyota sports car, don’t bet on a big V8. Toyota has typically been one to install big V6’s with twin turbos for boost and power. I’m pretty sure they’re going to stick to that formula for the new Supra.
When the new Supra does make its debut it will be powered by enough juice to shred the tires. Whether it will be all four tires (a la Audi) or standard rear drive is beyond us for now as the power plant in this concept is just a golf cart engine with just enough power to make the car move. We also don’t know if Toyota (the current leader in hybrid power plants) is going to have this as a hybrid or straight compression engine. At this time they are being extremely tight lipped about everything except how sexy the body of this baby is and what the interior could possibly be designed from.
There is also an active spoiler but we will not find out the details to at what speed it deploys for quite some time. Just check out the profile of the Toyota FT-1 concept. Remind you of anything? Hmmm. Possibly a certain Chevrolet Corvette underwater animal that recently made its debut in 2014? Hey, I’m just sayin. With Toyota shooting for a base price of just over $60,000 it should be a pretty safe bet to say that the frugal man’s super-car is again on the horizon.