Toyota FT-1 made its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 2019 Toyota FT-1 (FT stands for Future Toyota) is a concept car made by CALTY Design Research, Toyota’s North American Design branch. With the 2019 Toyota FT-1 Concept Toyota announces it’s offensive in the field of thoroughbred sports cars, which have been somewhat neglected in recent years. Major car magazines inform that it might become a platform for next-gen Supra, but even then it might suffer many changes.
The designers have found inspiration in a futuristic and aggressive lines. The pointed front end irresistibly resembles the nose of F1 car. Mostly transparent hood reveals a powerful engine, so far of unknown specification.
The roof is in the style of “double-bouble” Zagato model and slowly descends to the rear, while the lines on the tail slowly turning into a spoiler. A large diffuser located between the large exhaust pipe is responsible for outstanding stability. Dynamic air-intakes at the front and exhaust ports and a retractable wing at the rear give physical form to the Toyota FT-1’s optimum aerodynamic performance.
The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution and to help create classic sportscar proportions. Meanwhile, cockpit’s wraparound windshield and side glass openings are a distinct nod to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.
2019 Toyota FT-1′s interior design, via an ergonomic cockpit that capitalizes on the vehicle’s low center of gravity, is aimed to enable the driver to focus on and enjoy the driving experience. A delta-shaped display zone surrounds and integrates the driver to provide an exhilarating feeling of connectedness with the vehicle. The driver-focused environment is further enhanced by an F1-inspired steering wheel and a color heads-up display with vital information projected just above the steering wheel, thus keeping the driver’s attention on the road. Furthermore, the A-pillars have been positioned as far back as possible to provide increased cornering visibility.
2019 Toyota FT-1 Release Date and Price
Traditionally, Toyota’s design decisions have been driven by consensus among a large group of stakeholders. As part of a companywide movement to invigorate Toyota products with energy, passion and waku-doki (Japanese word meaning “a heart-pounding sense of anticipation and excitement”), the design approval process has been streamlined. The new 2019 Toyota FT-1 will most likely be embodied in 2019 Toyota Supra.
Some rumors says that the price of this new incarnation of Toyota will be around $100.000, having on mind that the new Supra model will probably come with the less price.