Toyota certainly caught our attention when it unveiled the FT-1 concept at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Coming from the same people who gave us the Lexus LFA, Scion FR-S and Toyota Supra, the FT-1 concept looked striking in its bright red livery. But the Japanese automaker isn't quite done with it yet.

No, we're afraid we don't have a production announcement to share at the moment, but Toyota has revealed two new versions of the FT-1 concept that cast it in different light. Most notable is the graphite version pictured above. Replacing the bright red paintjob and two-tone red and black interior of the original concept, this second iteration – presented in the metal at McCall's Motorworks Revival in Monterey, CA – goes for a more upscale and refined graphite exterior and a tan leather interior with exposed metal elements.

Both versions of the virtually road-going FT-1 concept will be playable in Gran Turismo 6, but at the same time Toyota also revealed (in digital form, at least) a virtual racing version of the concept called the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo. Looking like the original concept was prepared for Japan's Super GT series, the FT-1 Vision GT is retuned for racing, with wider fenders, more extreme aero, competition-spec alloys on slicks and the like.

Check out the race-ready digital concept in the video below, our live shots from the graphite concept's reveal at Pebble Beach in the gallery above and the galleries of both new versions at bottom for a closer look.
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Do A Double Take with Second Stunning Toyota FT-1 Sports Car Concept

- Saddle Leather Interior Communicates Premium, Sporty Feel
- Superhero Inspiration in Performance Leather and Details
- Ultra High-Performance Race Version Coming Virtually to Gran Turismo® 6

August 13, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2014) – Proof that its beauty lies on the inside and out, Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle's graphite exterior paint and light, saddle-colored leather 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. Labeled the spiritual pace car for the new direction of Toyota Global Design, the muscular, curved exterior builds on Toyota's rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. That first vehicle stunned in a bold red, while this second FT-1 impresses with sophisticated graphite. Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind. It's a look that gets the heart racing.

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 is to bring in a more sophisticated feel and authenticity through color choice, showcasing the versatility of the FT-1 sports car concept. Enthusiasts who desire a more pure high-performance experience might choose the black-red pairing, while others may desire the premium, athletic feel of the saddle leather.

"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," said Sellene Lee, the Calty creative designer who proposed both color concepts. "In the color 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."

Superhero Inspiration for the Interior

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. Raised metal mesh provides ventilation for the seats while lending a more textural, bold effect that beautifully matches with the metal accents. A dimensional embossed pattern on the instrument panel leather brings in a 3-D, technical look.

"From color and trim standpoint in the FT-1, there was a laser-like focus on staying true to function," said Wendy Lee, studio chief designer at Calty. "This project was very special, as the FT-1 stands apart in its performance-driven, authentic purpose."

Beyond her superhero performance material concept, Sellene Lee moved away from the typical stitching or piping edge treatment found in many vehicle interiors. The painted red edges on the welded leather and painted brown edges on the second FT-1 were inspired by high-end leather bags she found in an upscale department store. When drivers sit in FT-1, they can feel the difference in materials, textures and color choices that resulted from the team's work.

Double the Fun in Gran Turismo 6

This September, two new versions of the FT-1 will be available for download virtually inside Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest iteration of the best-selling racing franchise exclusively on PlayStation®3. Like the red FT-1 introduced in January, the graphite FT-1 concept roars onto the Gran Turismo 6 racetrack as a downloadable vehicle for a limited time. Additionally, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, Calty has also designed an ultra high-performance race version of the FT-1 that inside the game is called the FT-1 "Vision GT." This high-powered version interprets what a full-race FT-1 might achieve on the track. See how the FT-1 Vision GT came to life by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXFyCHp59w

The GT6 played an important role in helping key executives (including Toyota President Akio Toyoda) better experience the FT-1 concept prior to building the vehicle. Both virtual versions capture the same excitement, passion and performance the physical FT-1 vehicles inspire in those who see them.


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      chili
      • 4 Months Ago

      You're too old if you think this car is ugly.  Stick with the cadillacs, old timers.

      Justin Vroon
      • 4 Months Ago

      This car does something that nobody thought Toyota could or would do... Create emotion in a car! I could see this car on some kid's wall as a poster! Reminds me of the old Toyota that had swagger! LOVE IT!!!

        graphikzking
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Justin Vroon

        FT-HS? What about that one? Toyota made that concept car just like this one and arguably I think that one looks even better because it's slightly less busy. 

      NamorF-Pro
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is by far the most beautiful and harmonious design I've seen in ages! 

      I'm sorry but those morons who say it's ugly aren't car people and should just leave this blog. They have no understanding of cars or design. 

      Let's just hope Toyota will let it out looking like it does in concept form. 

        john m
        • 4 Months Ago
        @NamorF-Pro

        I'm with you 100%.  This thing looks awesome and I think it would make a great new Supra!  You bring up another point that I've been thinking about for a while.  Ever since autoblog teamed up with aol, I've noticed that there are a lot of commenters on here who do not appear to be enthusiasts.  I realize that every car that comes out won't appeal to everyone, and that's fine but lately I've been reading some really @$$inine stuff.

          john m
          • 4 Months Ago
          @john m

          @superlightv12.  Did I single you out?  No.  And read my last sentence again.  It says you don't have to like everything that all manufacturers come out with.  I happen to like this car a lot.  I think it has a ton of style.  If you don't like it... well, good for you.  I'm not going to try to change your opinion.  I do stand by my comment 100% about the types of comments that I've noticed as a result of autoblog joining up with aol.  Everybody has the right to say what they want on this or any other site.  But since autoblog and aol joined up, it's clearly obvious that there have been a lot more comments by people who don't know anything about cars or in some cases, don't even care about cars believe it or not.  Non-enthusiasts if you will.  To be honest, autoblog and aol joining forces may have gotten more eyeballs on this site which is good for them but I believe it's done the enthusiasts who were regulars on here for YEARS (me included) a disservice. 

          superlightv12
          • 4 Months Ago
          @john m

          Yeah, like @$$holes that think people that disagree with them are not really enthusiasts. I've owned and driven cars you would dream about. I've attend show and races for over 50 years. I have a right to my opinion and this thing is an ugly @$$ car.

      Bobby
      • 4 Months Ago

      If we learned anything from the FT-86 concept vehicles, the FT-1 will look nothing like this if, in fact, it makes it to production.

      Hernan
      • 4 Months Ago

      VERY nice. Reminiscent of the Supra but modern and interesting.

      Craig
      • 4 Months Ago

      Change NOTHING.  (Except the release date - the fact that it's unannounced.)

      vripper
      • 4 Months Ago
      It's Toyota. When you're on top, you become an easy target. You sell a gazillion "boring" cars, you make a gazillion dollars and people rip on your for being boring and not for your success. You bring back excitement and performance and they rip on you. The comments sound like they are coming from little scared fanboys shaking in their boots. I'm excited to see this thing coming and it's coming out swinging. It's wild, looks like nothing else and has already pulled on your emotions - good or bad.
        Hunter White
        • 4 Months Ago
        @vripper

        The problem is they won't replace the supra. The LFA was nice but at $400k nobody could afford one. If they do replace the supra, it will likely be hybrid, awd, and DCT. Great for track numbers but too expensive and not that great to drive.

          Corner49
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Hunter White

          You realize that the mk4 had a forward looking drivetrain, was heavy, and was too expensive, too, right?

      Bombdefuzer
      • 4 Months Ago

      First, gawd that is beautiful!  Stunning as the Supra in the late 80's.  Jaw dropping as the 90's Supra.

      Now, keep true to the legend, put an I-6 in it! Three levels of trim.  3.0 I-6 (2j or BMW engine), 3.0 I-6 (2jz or BMW twin turbo), or that wicked, nasty LFA engine.  


        Frisky_Dingo
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Bombdefuzer

        It's definitely going to be a hybrid, and BMW will most likely be responsible for the engine, so I'd love to see a twin turbo I6 paired to an awd hybrid system making over 450hp.

      Jaymes
      • 4 Months Ago

      this car with the LFA engine would be perfection.

      Billy Lthr
      • 4 Months Ago

      the Hood and the lights from a view as if your looking down on the car looks like a dic with balls LOL. Real nice job Toyota !

      mookieblaylock
      • 4 Months Ago

      that is so tacky and ugly, sad

      john m
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love it!  I really hope it makes it to production as is.  I still can't believe Toyota came up with this because it's pretty bad @$$ looking.  Usually Toyota makes the most boring looking cars but this is very sporty looking with a big dash of F1 thrown in.  This would make a great Supra!  Hey Toyota, BUILD IT!

        graphikzking
        • 4 Months Ago
        @john m

        Unfortunately Toyota comes up with "concepts" pretty often that look amazing but by the time they come to market it looks like a completely different car. 


        Check out Prius C concept - some loved it some hated it, but it was bold and different while the production version is just bland (a great car but definitely bland)


        FT-HS was beautiful and never came to light. 

        They need to make a "Supra" successor with the standard V6 rwd for like $29,895 base and then add on options from there. Topping out about $40,000. Then have a turbo option for like $34,900 topping out around $48,900 with "performance options". Like brake upgrades, trd performance upgrades for intake, exhaust, tuning (stages with ecu etc). 

        If they put out a 6 cylinder turbo it could easily put down 400hp and be cheaper than a Corvette. Corvette was always better on a track but Supra was quicker (with a tiny bit of work) in a straight line. 

          john m
          • 4 Months Ago
          @graphikzking

          @graphikzking and garrett.  I hear you...  All too often Toyota, as well as others like Subaru, come out with amazing looking concepts, only to have the most boring looking production cars.  It's truly a shame.  So much excitement, so much potential... and for what.  For another huge anti-climax...  I'm with you too with a V6, a V6 turbo and like Garrett said, an AWD hybrid.  Unfortunately I think Garrett may be right on the pricing.  Although I prefer graphikzking's pricing, considering how the pricing of cars has increased over the past 4 years, I think the pricing is going to be quite a bit higher like Garrett suggests.  I really hope Toyota builds this car as close as possible to the concept version.  It would look great, it would be efficient, it would be reliable and it would be fast!  I'm not going to hold my breath for it though...

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