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2014 Toyota FT-1

TOYOTA FT-1 CONCEPT:  Without a doubt, a major attraction at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is the racing-car inspired FT-1 Concept highlighted in the Toyota exhibit.  First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, the FT-1 leapt from the screen to reality, and is on display in Chicago’s magnificent McCormick Place, Feb. 8-17, 2014. Visually, the Toytoa FT-1 Concept design is heavily influenced by Toyota long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT and most recently, FT-86 (Scion F-RS). The new FT-1 at the Chicago show wears what Toyota calls, “Function-sculpting” design language shaped by the wind into a curvaceous, muscle body form. The body’s athleticism is expressed with taut surfaces and dramatic fender forms that seduce the eyes when covered in an unapologetically red hue. 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.  This design element also helps create the classic sportscar proportions one would expect from a vehicle poised to dominate even the most challenging road course. 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 highly functional “place of business” that locates the driver at the controls behind an F1 inspired steering-wheel. A delta-shaped display zone surrounds and integrates the driver, and 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.

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