By Anthony Alaniz
The Toyota FT-1 Concept revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show could signal the return of the legendary Toyota Supra. While not many details are known about the concept, it is still an engine-less design visualization. It was designed at Toyota’s Calty design studio in Southern California in cooperation with Sony’s Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo video-game franchise.
While rumors about the return of the Supra have been swirling since the mid-2000s, when Toyota introduced the Scion FR-S, it got many thinking that Toyota could be making a valiant push back into the sports car arena.
An interesting aspect of the FT-1 Concept is that it has likely been born out of a recent partnership with BMW that is supposed to yield a new sports car jointly designed by the two companies. It is unclear right now which company will lead the design and engineering, but even with Toyota bringing this concept to fruition and revealing at the auto show, there is hope that some sort of production vehicle based on this concept could be seen in the future.
It’s also best to remember that when Toyota was working with Subaru to bring the FR-S/BRZ to market, they released numerous concepts before the final, toned-down production version was revealed, leaving many bored with the styling.
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