Conceptualised by Toyota’s Calty Design Studio’s in their quest to create the ultimate sports car, the Toyota FT-1 was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show 2014 earlier this month.
Although strikingly modern, it’s evident that the 2000GT of the mid-1960s played a part in shaping the brand new FT-1 sports coupé.
Its curvilinear form and pronounced front wings give the FT-1 that racecar look, whereas its large air intakes, exhaust ports and retractable rear wing all point towards optimum aerodynamic qualities.
The front engine/rear-wheel drive configuration allows the cockpit to set further towards the rear of the car, within the wheelbase, helping improve weight distribution and create classic sports car proportions. The influence of the original 2000GT’s design can be seen in the wraparound windscreen and side glass arrangement.
The ergonomics of the cabin capitalise on the car’s low centre of gravity, helping the driver derive the maximum reward from the driving experience. A delta-shaped display zone helps make the driver feel at the heart of the action, fully connected to the car. This quality is reinforced by the Formula 1-style steering wheel and a colour head-up display that projects key information just above the wheel. The designers have pushed the A-pillars as far back as possible, to increase visibility when cornering.
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