June 29, 2015 — 5:08 AM PDT
BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model.
The Toyota FT-1 Concept – originally unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show – is making its UK debut at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show and Festival of Speed between Thursday June 25 and Sunday June 28.
Toyota UK has commissioned automotive artist Jayson Fong to create an acrylic-on-canvas painting of the model on our track-side pavilion – and you can win a signed copy of the finished artwork.
The New Supra MKV will share at least a platform with its BMW counterpart, if not an engine (as rumored). Are you OK with this cross-pollination between the two company's cars and what other components/technology are you OK or NOT OK with the two sharing?
According to fresh rumors, the next-generation Supra MKV will be a 2018 model year vehicle and will feature a turbo inline 6 cylinder BMW engine in addition to a rear-drive chassis that will also be largely developed by the German auto manufacturer. There is also no indication that the 2018 Supra will have a hybrid powertrain option.
This comes as we learn the supposed Toyota-BMW collaborative effort has been codenamed "Silk Road" -- an odd reference to the "East meets West" joint effort between the two companies.
For the tenth consecutive year, consumer voters proclaimed their favorites in five categories in the Chicago Auto Show's “Best of Show” balloting. Winners in the contest's five categories were:
- Best All-New Production Vehicle: Ford GT (38 percent of vote)
- Best Concept Vehicle: Toyota FT-1 (30 percent of vote) [see photos]
- Best Green Vehicle: BMW i8 (38 percent of vote)
- Best Exhibit: Ford (25 percent of vote)
- Vehicle I'd most like to have in my driveway: Ford Mustang GT350
Good article via Motortrend on Toyota's sports car "problem." A problem which basically applies to all big general automotive manufacturers given the limited demographic of buyers of pure sports cars - namely, the difficulty in sustaining a sports car's sales and why should a company even bother with sports cars (and why would Toyota bother with the FT-1 / Supra) when it can instead sell more passenger cars and trucks instead. Read on inside...
Great news this morning - BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road!
Cooperation on the underpinnings of the vehicles “has moved on to the concept phase and is running according to plan,” Munich-based BMW said in a statement to Bloomberg News. A technical feasibility study that began in January 2013 has been “successfully completed.”
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.
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."
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
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