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How To Create a Toyota FT-1 Concept TRD Race Car in Photoshop: Video 21
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Automotive Help, Photoshop, Technical, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, TRD, video on 02 21st, 2014
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I always wanted to be a car designer but I instead took up an initial career working with computer technology and software internet marketing until I ventured back into my heart-felt passion of doing something with cars. Have you ever wanted to tinker around with photoshop to the point that you feel like a car designer? I know I have many times and have failed miserably with only a few successful attempts, which I still care not to share with the hundreds of thousands of visitors to AutomotiveAddicts.com. The guys at Autobytel have taken on the time consuming task of sharing their exquisite photoshop skills in the creation of a Toyota FT-1 Concept TRD racecar.

No doubt that the Toyota FT-1 Concept is one of the hottest vehicles to be showcased on an auto show floor in decades. Taking such an already-stunning design and doing anything apart from changing the color via photoshop is a serious feat. Somehow, Autobytel does it justice in the creation of a TRD racecar variation as demonstrated in the exclusive photoshop time-lapse video below. Enjoy!



The Return is Coming – Toyota FT-1 Concept Behind The Scenes: Video 15
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Editorial, naias, North American International Auto Show, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 15th, 2014
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For me it is a heart-felt passion that is reignited when I see a video like this one below. The Motor Trend Downshift episode featured here goes behind the scenes for the design and inspiration of the Toyota FT-1 Concept sports car, which debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show yesterday in Detroit mesmerizing everyone on the floor.

Most automotive enthusiasts can recall vehicles like the Toyota Supra but may not truly captivate the lineage that such a vehicle represents, which is delightfully showcased in the new FT-1 Concept. I always wanted to be a car designer in some capacity but I took the next best thing. So, when I hear the words iterated from the designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in this video, I feel a close tie with their sentiments.

For obvious reasons, it is long past due that Toyota brand a sports car to fill the gap created by the Lexus LFA down to the Scion FR-S. It is time that true sports car wear the Toyota badge and take that tradition of building a proper road-going sports car and set things a-fire in the enthusiast community. Remember the Toyota 2000GT, the Celica, the MR2, and of course the Supra? Enthusiasts await ‘the return’ and by the talk of individuals in the video below, this vehicle is going to happen! Yes, Toyota is going to build something based off of the FT-1 concept. It may not be as aggressive and extreme, but the time when we can put those ‘return of the Supra’ rumors to bed is about to take place. Just listen to the subtle cues in the video. Yes, you will hear it.

Enjoy!



Toyota FT-1 Concept Car Gives Us Supra Dreams at 2014 NAIAS 13
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 NAIAS, Auto Addiction, auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, naias, News, TOYOTA, Toyota FT-1 Concept, Toyota Supra, video on 01 13th, 2014
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The North American International Auto Show is off to a BIG start in many ways and Toyota has captivated us with its new Toyota FT-1 Concept Car. Dare we say this is the return of the Supra – starting up those rumors would be digging up that dead horse and beating its bones into fine powder at this point. But hope is still there as the FT-1 shows forward movement off of the heals of the 2007 FT-HS and 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept vehicles.

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The new Toyota FT-1 Concept Car is said to a track-focused sports car created by the CALTY Design Research center. It continues the tradition of sports cars in the brand following the 2000GT, Celica, Supra and the recent Scion FR-S/Toyota FT-86.

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Toyota has released just a bit of information on this vehicle being powered by a balanced internal combustion front-engine and a rear-wheel-drive layout. This particular concept will be available to drive ‘virtually’ on Gran Turismo 6 as new downloadable content.

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The time is NOW Toyota – The Supra awaits us! – The gap between the Scion FR-S and Lexus LFA needs to be filled ASAP!

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Hit up the full press release below for additional information.

Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept. 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 at COBO Hall.

The name says it all. 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 coupe design, building upon Toyota’s rich sports coupe 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 labor of love by a passionate, dedicated and gifted 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.”

The FT-1’s audacious design represents the pinnacle of Calty’s 40th year of operation. Guided by the Toyota design ethos of Vibrant Clarity, a unique fusion of both emotional and rational factors that delivers a more exciting and dramatic design expression with unique Toyota identity, the concept is a spiritual pace car for Toyota Global Design. The goal of this ideological shift is to develop future generations of products that better connect emotionally with Toyota’s global consumer base.

Traditionally, Toyota’s design decisions have been driven by consensus among a large group of stakeholders. Under Akio Toyoda’s stated directive to invigorate Toyota products with energy, passion and “Waku-Doki” (translation: a palpable heart-pounding sense of excitement), the approval process has been streamlined. This new approach aims to produce cars that connect more deeply with customers, generating a more satisfying ownership experience that complements Toyota’s legendary reputation for quality, dependability and reliability.

“Function-sculpting” design language yields curved, muscular, expressive body forms seemingly shaped by the wind. Inlets, ducting, and vents are features of the exterior design that help reinforce its track–ready nature with elements of purposeful airflow management. At higher speeds a retractable rear wing deploys and tilts forward to create additional downforce. The body’s athleticism is expressed with taut surfaces and dramatic fender forms that seduce the eyes when covered in an unapologetically red hue.

The front engine rear-wheel drive configuration locates the cockpit far rearward within the wheelbase to improve weight distribution. This design element also helps create the classic sportscar proportions one would expect from a vehicle poised to dominate even the most challenging road course. The cockpit’s wraparound windshield and side glass openings are a distinct nod to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT.

The interior is a focused, highly functional “place of business” that locates the driver at the controls behind an F1 inspired steering-wheel. The intimate, low slung cockpit has its A-pillars set far back to help optimize cornering vision and sensation of the cabin’s intimacy. A delta-shaped display zone surrounds and integrates the driver to provide an exhilarating sense of being connected to the vehicle. The cockpit’s sense of minimalism adds to the purposefulness of the driver-focused environment with an emphasis on light weight components such as the composite seat covered with just the right amount of padding in only the areas that come into contact with the driver. A color heads-up display keeps the driver’s attention on the road ahead, with vital information projected just above the steering wheel within the driver’s line of sight.

While technical specifications do not accompany the concept, one can assume that the FT-1 represents an ideally balanced front-engine, rear wheel-drive layout that is powered by a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine. Beneath a transparent glass hood, an ambiguous engine cover hides a powerplant left to the imagination of the onlooker.

In preparation for pitching the concept to Toyota management, Calty worked with Polyphony Digital, creators of the popular Gran Turismo driving simulator, to bring FT-1 to life in a virtual world that captured the excitement, passion and performance conveyed by the concept model. Toyota executives were offered the opportunity to take FT-1 for a timed lap around a computer-generated Fuji Speedway. Behind the wheel of the concept, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, an accomplished race car driver, completed the virtual circuit faster than his best real-world lap time at Fuji in his LFA. From that moment, he was convinced and the concept was approved to be built in model-form for the international auto show circuit.

For Toyota, this concept embodies the possibilities of the new and exciting design mission ahead. “Sports cars represent the ultimate driving expression in its purest form. As car enthusiasts ourselves, this is the kind of project we dream about working on,” said Calty Design Research president Kevin Hunter. “Beyond its obvious five-alarm visual impact, FT-1 is symbolic of a new chapter for Toyota Global Design. This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement, and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into and embodies elements of the emotion and performance that Toyota will imprint upon future production designs.”







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