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Published Date: 02/09/2014

Following the announcement of the FT-1 Vision GT concept, Toyota has revealed its real-world counterpart.
Toyota FT-1 GT concept gets real-world treatment

The interpretation of the concept coupe features graphite paintwork in place of the bright red of the original FT-1, which was debuted at the Detroit Motor Show this year.

As well as that, the new Vision GT gets an overhauled interior, with saddle tan leather elements for a more sophisticated feel.

Toyota’s Calty design team drew inspiration from modern superhero films, particularly the use of high-tech performance materials for the characters’ costumes.

The California-based team compared leather thicknesses, grain sizes and textures all to find the perfect combination and paired it with raised metal mesh to provide ventilation on the seats.

A bolder, more textural effect was the result, which compliments the cabin’s metal accents and high-performance focus. An embossed pattern on the instrument panel leather finishes off the technical 3D design.

Selene Lee, a CALTY designer, said: “From the start of the FT-1 project, we wanted the driver to have a feeling of flow while at the wheel, to be able to focus on the road and nothing else.

“In the colour studio we help create the atmosphere of the vehicle, and our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices. The saddle leather maintains that same ‘in the zone’ driving intention, while bringing in a more premium feeling.”

Performance figures haven’t been announced for the concept, but it’s possible that more will be known when the virtual version of the FT-1 Vision GT debuts in the Gran Turismo game.

The original FT-1 came with no performance specs, but the Gran Turismo game revealed how the figures would look if it were real.

According to the game’s stats, the original FT-1 would have a kerb weight of 1,320kg, with an output of 478bhp, so it’s not unthinkable that the FT-1 Vision GT would have similar figures.

Three different versions of the FT-1 will be available for players to download for the PlayStation-exclusive game.

Both the red and graphite FT-1 models will be available, along with the new high-performance Vision GT edition from September onwards.

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