The Toyota FT-1 Concept brought the house down at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Toyota executives heard the overwhelmingly positive reception the concept received and is now doing something about it. In a recent issue of MotorTrend, the magazine has indicated that Toyota is planning on bringing the FT-1 Concept to life as a production sports car .
That’s big news, but not overly surprising news. We have suspected for some time that it would be the basis of the soon-to-be-revived Supra .
The attention the FT-1 Concept has received recently is justified and Toyota is already doing something about it. According to MotorTrend, the Japanese automaker has already begun work on a new, full-scale model of the concept, as well as a wide-body, racing version.
Toyota hasn’t specifically announced that a production model of the FT-1 Concept is arriving, but those decisions to build more prototypes is as good an indication as any that the automaker is seriously considering production .
This isn’t even the first time Toyota has taken this route. Remember the Lexus LF-LC Concept ? That model came with two different iterations (the LF-CC was the other one) and while the concept itself wasn’t mass produced, we all did see a lot of its design cues on the Lexus RC and RC F models.
So is it possible that the Toyota FT-1 Concept will evolve into the returning Toyota Supra ? That’s a question that should get a lot of people talking.
We know that there’s already been buzz of that possibility, and finding out that Toyota has some serious intentions about the FT-1 Concept only adds fuel to that fire.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept.
Why It Matters
It matters on a number of aspects. First, it’s a sign that Toyota has a more powerful sports car planned that would sit above the GT 86. Second, it adds even more speculation that the FT-1 Concept could end up becoming the spiritual predecessor of the new Supra. Even if one of these two scenarios are correct, that would be a huge development for fans of Toyota who were disappointed with the GT 86.
The Toyota FT-1 Concept first came to life as an idea two years ago. It took Toyota’s design team that long to fully develop the design of the concept, but when the FT-1 was revealed earlier this year, the wait turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Japanese automaker.
The new FT-1 concept car came with a design that can be best described as the equivalent of an automotive sculpture come to life. That curved, muscular, and expressive body looks completely mesmerizing to the eyes, and is largely responsible for the positive reception the concept received in Detroit last January.
Hopefully, the FT-1 Concept isn’t the last time we see the car. Toyota’s already working on a new prototype so it looks like we’ll get our wish sooner than later.