New Supra and Z4 will share platforms

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Where do you think the BMW/Toyota car will be built at?

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  1. Raptorman

    Raptorman Member

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    Other than the obvious Supra, what other cars could the FT-1 underpin for Toyota/Lexus?
     
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    My guess is the FT1 could underpin the Lexus RC

    Dimensions are very similar:

    FT1
    Wheelbase: 107.9 in
    Length: 184.1 in

    Width: 77.6 in
    Height: 48.2 in

    Lexus RC
    Wheelbase: 107.5 in
    Length: 184.8 in

    Width: 72.4 in
    Height: 54.9 in
     
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    A sub-86 sports coupe is coming I'm sure. It could share platforms or borrow heavily from it.
     
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    It hasnt been confirmed yet that the FT-1 is a representation of the jointly developed platform between Toyota and BMW.

    Has me wondering what if anything BMW has in the works , any guesses?
     
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    im not fully up on all the rumors but has it been confirmed at all that they are working on a joint platform and not just powertrain for ex?
     
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    Yes it has..

    Here is what a BMW board member (Herb Diess) said recently:

    He declines to confirm if the Toyota FT-1, displayed in Detroit, is an early version of a future sports-car architecture to be shared with BMW.

    “We are working on that. We are making progress,” Diess says of the joint project with Toyota. “It’s a complex task. We need to decide which cars would they be and when they would launch. We think it makes sense for both companies, but it is a car architecture that has to suit both companies. I think we will have a final decision in a few months.”
     
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    They would be stupid to jointly develop it for any other car. There's a reason they named it FT-ONE.
     
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    Yea that's just a corporate guy being coy. The FT1 just happened to pop up soon after this whole joint project thing was announced. Coincidence I think not ;)
     
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    This is what a lot of us are already expecting but just to add more to the pile of "proof" -according to this Nikkei Asian Review report the next Supra and next BMW Z4 will share platforms.

     
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    I think this partnership will be good for Toyota. They are in need for a lighter platform to underpin not just the Supra but the next generation FRS. I'm sure the platform will need to be able to be scaled down, the BMW could build the Z4 and Z2 off of it possibly?
     
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    The FT1 and Z4 are going to be nowhere near the same dimensions. The platform has to be modular.
     
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    A Toyota test driver while out on the track for some RC-F versus M4 event just told a Lexus employee that the FT-1 will be using a BMW chassis.

     
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    I actually hope it's true. BMW has a lot of experience with CF and light weighting.
     
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    Could this mean that Toyota will be using their own engine and only thing shared with BMW will be chassis? :yes:
     
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    Interesting this was from a RC-F and M4 event. Anyone else thinking this could be some kind of joint study that might indirectly relate to the FT-1?
     
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