New FT-1

Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and exterior colour for an upscale interpretation of its FT-1 sports car concept, rumoured to be the basis for the return of the Supra.

Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle's graphite exterior paint 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 was revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show.

Labelled 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 the 86 sports car.

Where the first FT-1 was blood red, this second iteration is a more sophisticated graphite. Designed to get the heart racing, both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature.

"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 colour concepts. "In the colour studio we help create the atmosphere of the vehicle, and our aim was to ensure everything supported the driver through efficient choices," she said.

Lee says she drew inspiration for the FT-1 interior from superhero costumes, which is a pleasingly mental choice from normally sensible Toyota.

"From colour 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."

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 racing game exclusively on PlayStation3.

Check the video of the FT-1 in GT6 above.