Toyota’s newly appointed chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada wants a new Supra

Article by Christian A., on June 14, 2013

In a recent interview, Takeshi Uchiyamada a.k.a. Toyota’s newly appointed chairman revealed the fact that he wants to see the upcoming Toyota and BMW co-developed sports car become the new Supra. Moreover, he also added that the next sports car should be just like the Supra in order to avoid killing the sales of the smaller Toyota GT86.

“It’s futile if we make something similar [to the GT86]”, said Uchiyamada. Still, he also added that this is what he wants but he is not the man in charge with the decisions.

For those who don’t know, earlier this year Toyota and BMW announced plans to co-develop a new mid-sized sports car. The Toyota Supra was discontinued 11 years ago, back in 2002. The Supra has a history of 24 years, involving four generations, so a successor of the car should definitely be built.

Japanese carmaker Toyota has taken the wraps off its new Toyota FT-1 sports car concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (2014 Detroit Auto Show). It is simply stunning, just like the version that appeared in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo racing video game.

Designed by Calty Design Research, the concept was given a moniker that tells the public of its purpose – to provide a glimpse into the future. After all, “FT” means “Future Toyota” and the figure “1” denotes it being the ultimate. Thus, the Toyota FT-1 Concept was regarded by Calty Design Research as the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design.

In designing the FT-1 Concept, the studio looked into the carmaker’s rich sports coupe heritage, taking into account remarkable models like the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and the Scion FR-S. Likewise, the FT-1 Concept was inspired by the studio’s sports car concept projects like the FT-HS that was unveiled in 2007 and the Lexus LF-LC that made its debut in 2012.

Calty Design Research commenced the FT-1 Concept project around two years ago with the studio calling it their labor of love. Alex Shen, Calty's Studio Chief Designer, called the FT-1 as a dream project for a designer and car enthusiast like him. He noted that the design team for the project took heavy inspiration from Toyota's sports car past, in particular the Celica and Supra. The result is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept that boasts of a massively stunning appeal.

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