Toyota gave car fans an up-close look at its video game-inspired FT-1 concept car at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday.
Hosted by old-school rapper Biz Markie and Makerbot founder Bre Pettis (who helped 3D-print a special Gran Turismo trophy for the event), the event provided an up-close look at the FT-1.
Designed by Calty Design Research in California, Toyota‘s FT-1 concept first made its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, but in person, the vehicle’s sleek curves and bold race-car aesthetic is even more impressive, and definitely evokes the hyper-reality in Gran Turismo 6.
“In celebration of [Calty’s] 40th anniversary, they were given the opportunity to design a super sports car,” Toyota’s vice-president of product communications, Mike Michels, told Mashable. “It was originally designed and conceived for Gran Turismo 6 on the Sony PlayStation. The designers took it to our global president, Akio Toyoda, who is a real gear head — he loves cars. They had him drive it, and he was so in love with it that he said, ‘You have to make this a real car.'”
At present, there are no plans to put the FT-1 concept into production, but this marriage of bold muscle-car lines and angular race-car curves would likely do well with real-world consumers. When asked about the chances that the video game-inspired vehicle might one day be available in reality, Michels said “50-50,” so there’s hope.