Toyota FT-1 Concept will be a SEMA Show-Stopper

You could be forgiven for thinking that the car in the picture above was a Toyota Supra. It’s not. Rub your eyes and take a second look. It is, however, something that Supra fans should be pretty excited about: the FT-1 concept.

Back in January, the automotive world was left in awe after Toyota debuted their FT-1 concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now, almost a year later, at next week’s Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Toyota fans will have a chance to see the FT-1 again.

The FT-1 owes most of its appeal to Calty – the West Coast studio that has been driving Toyota’s design ambitions for more than 40 years. And when Calty decide to design a concept, you can usually expect it to become a reality. In fact, 75 per cent of the concepts they have created in the past have subsequently gone into production.

Founded in 1973, Calty takes its name from California and Toyota and was the first bespoke design studio opened by a major automotive company in the state. Ever since it opened, Calty has been at the forefront of Toyota design in North America.

But what can we expect from the FT-1? Well, as is always the way with exciting concepts, not a huge amount is known at present. We do, however, know that it will boast a front engine and rear-wheel-drive layout – following in the footsteps (or tyre tracks) of its legendary forefathers the Celica and Supra.

In a recent press release, Toyota say: “This second concept car raises the bar by infusing an aura of refinement to accompany the FT-1’s unbridled performance intent”, which sounds fantastic to us!

Here are a few more pics of the FT-1 to whet your appetite – if you’re a fan of graphite paint and saddle-coloured leather, you’re in for a treat:




All images credit Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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