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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.


Toyota FT-1 concept

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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.


Toyota FT-1 concept

Image: Mashable, Adario Strange

“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.'”


Toyota FT-1 concept

Image: Mashable, Adario Strange

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.

Gran Turismo 6, the upcoming addition to the realistic racing game franchise for PlayStation, comes out at the end 2013, but Mashable recently test-drove the game and talked to Sony’s Taku Imasaki at E3 to give you some early details about it in the above video.

Gran Turismo 6, developed by Polyphony Digital, is built on a new gaming engine, which will greatly improve the game’s graphics and load times, Imasaki said.

While the game is coming to the current-generation PlayStation 3 instead of the PlayStation 4, it will still look much better than previous titles. The game features over 1,200 cars, and players can customize the look of each car by earning money through races.