The Toyota FT-1 Prototype caused quite a stir when it became available to drive in GT6 simultaneously with its public reveal at the North American International Auto Show back in January.Due to the overwhelmingly positive response the car has received, Toyota is reportedly taking the first serious steps to bring the FT-1 to production.
According to the July issue of MotorTrend magazine, Toyota has ordered a second model to be built in another color, and is looking to include a wide-body racing version of the car in GT6. They are also reportedly targeting the in-game specs for the production car, at 2,900 lbs. and producing 485HP.
The FT-1 Concept has always been closely linked with Polyphony Digital and the Gran Turismo series, and may even owe its existence to the game after impressing Toyota president Akio Toyoda in GT6:
“Toyota executives were offered the opportunity to take FT-1 for a timed lap around a computer-generated Fuji Speedway. Behind the wheel of the concept, Toyota president Akio Toyoda, an accomplished race car driver, completed the virtual circuit faster than his best real-world lap time at Fuji in his LFA. From that moment, he was convinced and the concept was approved to be built in model-form for the international auto show circuit.”
Jay Leno recently had a chance to check out the real-world model of the car. Check out his impressions below:
GT6 Photomode image (top) by Pixelatic.