Toyota reveals the FT1 Concept
Toyota revealed a second interior styling and exterior colour for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. This has been developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. The original FT-1 concept ignited sports car enthusiasts and the automotive world with its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.
Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind. It's a look that gets the heart racing. This is the next sports car in the league after the Celica, Supra, MR2 and the most recently Scion FR-S.
The colour of the upscale leather changes between the first and second FT-1 vehicles, and the visual difference is prominent. The painted edges that are red in the first concept are now subtly blended brown in the second. The intention is to bring in a more sophisticated feel and authenticity through color choice, showcasing the versatility of the FT-1 sports car concept. Enthusiasts who desire a more pure high-performance experience might choose the black-red pairing, while others may desire the premium, athletic feel of the saddle leather.
Sellene Lee drew inspiration for the FT-1 interior from the modern, high-tech performance materials used. A movie poster drew her attention to the modern shift from past heroes' bright tights and colors to today's performance fabrics and function. To achieve the FT-1's advanced-looking, intricately detailed interior, Sellene Lee and the team compared leather thicknesses, grain sizes and textures to find the perfect combination.
Raised metal mesh provides ventilation for the seats while lending a more textural, bold effect that beautifully matches with the metal accents. A dimensional embossed pattern on the instrument panel leather brings in a 3-D, technical look.