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Toyota thrills with FT-1


VIDEO games are big business, so it’s always an honour when a manufacturer gets to showcase its vehicles in a game.

Toyota’s FT-1 sports coupé concept raised a storm of approval when it first appeared “in the metal” at this year’s Detroit Motor Show and then went on to prove its performance in the virtual speed world of the Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation® computer game. Now the car’s designers at Toyota’s Calty studio in California have gone even further to produce a pure-bred racing version to add to the thrill of the more hardcore, Vision Gran Turismo.

Toyota’s original intention was for the FT-1 to appeal to diehard car enthusiasts, so it’s been a natural progression for it to develop the concept to deliver an authentic racetrack experience for diehard Gran Turismo fans.

The FT-1’s basic shape and architecture lend themselves to the addition of extra cooling and down-force elements to develop the car into its Vision guise, using a Calty dubs design process - function sculpting. The designers studied real-world racetracks and racing cars and applied their research to the styling exercise, delivering a car that broadcasts raw power and performance in its pure, function-driven appearance.

Details include wider wheel arches to accommodate the larger tyres needed for extreme grip; enlarged air intakes for increased cooling and a larger rear wing and front Canard fins to generate greater down-force. There’s also a larger rear diffuser housing multiple fins, set further back, to create a cleaner airflow.

In essence, every detail has been addressed to make the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo look and feel the way it performs to create the sensation of a real race. The FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo will be available for Gran Turismo 6 users from September.


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