When sifting through the rumors and speculation surrounding a car with as much hype as the Toyota FT-1 Supra, it is good practice to always refer back to the words of the executives.
So here is a compilation from Tetsuya Tada, the engineering lead for the Toyota FT-1 Supra project.
Now don't get too excited... but an NSX was out testing at Nurburgring yesterday and it was an odd sight, as it was followed by a stock Mark IV Supra. Why you might ask? Was Toyota just running an old Supra just for fun at the Ring or was there more to it?
Well the same car was spotted running with a prototype Toyota 86 approximately 2 years back. Those are definitely Toyota's plates so it indicates it is a Toyota test vehicle.
The FT-1 Vision GT is coming to Gran Turismo transformed into a race car version with a much more aggressive body with tons of aero and a new black color scheme with red accents.
"Here is a sneak peek of a very special version of the Toyota FT-1 sports car concept vehicle that will soon be available for download in Gran Turismo®6, exclusively on PlayStation®3. This exciting concept was designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, CA. Stay tuned for more."
Toyota will be unveiling a second FT-1 concept in graphite color tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time., in Monterey, California.
Both versions of the FT-1 will be shown, squeezed between classic supercars and big business jets. Showing off both the first and second FT-1s in California is a good way to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it -- and to use that popular reaction to present a case to Tokyo to build the car.
New reports suggest that Toyota will be building a MKV Supra convertible in place of a convertible for its popular Toyota 86 / FR-S.
Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada told the media that while he hasn't "given up" on the prospect of a convertible 86, the economic downturn in Europe and slowing sales for the 86 in the US are making it difficult to justify the additional costs.
He added: "There are many articles regarding another sports model from Toyota up higher from 86. I'm thinking convertible model will be on higher model ... maybe."
Toyota's FT-1 concept has been traveling around the circuit to give enthusiasts a glimpse into Calty Design's latest creation.
We just found out its next stop will be to the popular Cars and Coffee event in Irvine, CA, on June 14, 2014.
If you are local to this event, be sure to stop by and check it out!
According to a recently published MotorTrend article, a second Toyota FT-1 concept is coming along with a widebody race version. In addition, the article provides many detailed rumors and speculation about the MKV Supra.
Toyota is rumored to be aiming for its listed specifications in Gran Turismo 6. Yes, we are talking 485 horsepower and under 3,000 pounds.
Are you a believer that Toyota can make this happen all for around $60,000?
Big news Supra fans! We look to have our first major clue that Toyota will be reviving the Supra name.
On February 10, 2014, Toyota Motor Corporation filed to renew its trademark for the use of the SUPRA name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) fiiling covers "automobiles and structural parts thereof"
This is a must-read on the birth of the Toyota FT-1 concept from the Calty Design Research studios. The timeline of events from idea to real-life concept included:
- March 2012: Calty makes pitch to Toyota top management
- May 2012: Toyota gives formal go-ahead for Calty to begin work
- June 2012: Calty team takes field trip to Las Vegas Speedway
- June 2012: Decision made for car to be front-engine/rear-drive layout
Toyota just dropped the news that the FT-1 Concept will be coming to Gran Turismo 6 on January 14, 2014!
Yes, the concept that previews the next Supra will be available as a downloadable vehicle in this virtual driving simulator. Race fans can experience FT-1 exclusively in GT6 where the FT-1 was created digitally to realistically demonstrate what a production FT-1 could achieve.
In addition to the creation of the FT-1 in GT6, Toyota is also represented in the groundbreaking Vision Gran Turismo project. The resulting concepts will be released exclusively on GT6 throughout the year.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Toyota's Calty Design has created the FT-1 concept and released this brief history.
- From humble beginnings, Calty Design Research has become a pre-eminent automotive design center strongly influencing Toyota vehicle designs
- Calty studios play a critical role in Toyota’s North American regional autonomy strategy
- The Toyota FT-1 Concept is the culmination of Calty’s long history with sports car design
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