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Toyota Reveals an Upscale Interpretation of Its FT-1 Concept

Published: Thu Aug 14, 2014 by Marko P.  |  Source: Toyota
Developed by Calty Design Research in 
Newport Beach, California, the second FT-1 Concept features a more sophisticated look.
Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the second FT-1 Concept features a more sophisticated look.

Toyota has revealed an updated FT-1 Concept with a more upscale interior styling and a Graphite exterior color. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle went on display for the first time at the Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival gala held on California's Monterey Peninsula.

The original FT-1 concept ignited sports car enthusiasts and the automotive world with its January debut at the North American International Auto Show. That first vehicle was in a bold red, while this second FT-1 is in sophisticated graphite color. Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind.

The color of the upscale leather changes between the first and second FT-1 vehicles, and the visual difference is striking. The first car was dominated by bold, masculine black that keeps the driver focused on the road, while red painted edges and raw metals provide intriguing accents. In the second, the natural leather on the seat is supple with an all-natural grain, giving it an authentic appeal. The painted edges that are red in the first concept are now subtly blended brown in the second. The intention of the Toyota designers was to bring in a more sophisticated feel and authenticity through color choice, showcasing the versatility of the FT-1 sports car concept.

Interior Inspired by Superhero Posters

The designer Sellene Lee drew inspiration for the FT-1 interior from the modern, high-tech performance materials used for today's superhero costumes. 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.

The painted red edges on the welded leather and painted brown edges on the second FT-1 were inspired by high-end leather bags the designer found in an upscale department store.

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