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First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference.

The name FT-1 stands for 'Future Toyota', and the number '1' represents the ultimate.

According to its designers at Calty Design Research, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupé design, building upon Toyota's rich sports coupé heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and, most recently, Scion FR-S.

In addition, the concept draws inspiration from Calty's more recent sports car concept work such as FT-HS (2007) and the Lexus LF-LC (2012).

The project started nearly two years ago and represents a labour of love by a passionate, dedicated Calty design team.

"The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself," said Alex Shen, Calty's Studio Chief Designer.

"Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota's sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history. 

"It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe."


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