Toyota presents its Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports car concept this week at the Auto Show in Detriot.
"Drivers today are not satisfied with cars that are simply fast," said
Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc. "In addition to driving
enjoyment, today's drivers are concerned about safety, ecology and social
The FT-HS incorporates hybrid capability while maintaining sports car
essentials, such as a sleek profile, lightweight aero-dynamic materials, and
an advanced high-output powertrain for revolutionary acceleration and optimal
performance. This 21st century sports car is fun-to-drive with eco-friendly
benefits such as ultra-low emissions and fuel efficiency. The FT-HS appeals to
an emerging buyer who grew up eco-conscious and perceives technology as a
necessity, not a luxury.
This two-plus-two concept is a front-engine, rear-drive sports car with a
projected zero-to-60 acceleration in the four-second range. A powerful V6,
3.5L-engine is coupled with a 21st century sports hybrid system with a target
power output of approximately 400-horsepower. At a mid-priced market position,
FT-HS would be a true "attainable exotic" with 21st Century performance.
FT-HS expresses the core values of a Toyota Brand design strategy that
combines two key elements: J-Factor and Vibrant Clarity. J-Factor refers to
the local and global acceptance of Japanese-inspired design and cultural
sensibilities. Vibrant Clarity is the design language used to express the
J-factor much in the same way that L-Finesse is the language of the Lexus
Division. It is the combination of perfect imbalance, freeform geometrics and
integrated component architecture. The result of these three elements is
subtractive mass, a minimalist style that is not only lightweight, but also
The exterior design was led by Calty designer, Alex Shen. From a design
perspective, the theme of the FT-HS achieves sleek, taut surfaces in its
exterior features - especially in the doors and body style. The front and rear
have been sculpted to remove mass around key functional components. Freeform
geometrics define the integration of fluid surfaces contrasting hard-edge
"Aero-Corners" which promote smooth airflow and reduce turbulence.
The roof has a distinctive scooped-out section designed to reduce
aerodynamic drag and provide head room at the key areas. Made from carbon
fiber Kevlar, the roof retracts so that the roof panel and back window pivot
fluidly in a downward motion to stow in the rear seat space.
The vehicle's triangular profile has a floating "C" pillar, aero corners,
a full upper-body pan, and innovative open top. A hood features a scalloped
channel, exposing the hybrid engine. Integrated component architecture can be
seen in the aerospace-inspired lighting. The tail lamp unit spans the entire
rear, and has an integrated retractable spoiler. Light-emitting diode (LED)
clusters are located in the headlamps and the wing for energy-efficiency and
decreased heat loss. Other exterior features include a speed-activated wing
that elevates at high speed for additional stability and traction. The rear
showcases a carbon fiber lower diffuser with integrated wide exhaust and
carbon fiber wheels.
The driver-oriented interior was created by Calty designer, William
Chergosky and exudes sleekness, technology, and performance. The lean skeletal
look is achieved with exposed cross-car architecture and high-tech materials
such as carbon fiber, and titanium. FT-HS' interior features create a
dedicated driver's cockpit which include subtractive mass expressions such as
cross-car instrument panel structure and delta wing driver pod. The delta-wing
driver's pod integrates many useful functions into a lightweight structural
unit. All of the important functions and details are presented almost
exclusively to the driver. For example, touch-trace sensors which surround the
driver and act as tactile guides for finger controls when traveling at high
By eliminating the "B" pillar and creating a suspended "C" pillar, the
minimalist style works in conjunction with subtractive mass. An integrated
instrument panel surrounds the driver, creating an enclosed pod effect.
Armrests flow seamlessly into the door and surrounding interior.
Seating is optimized for a lightweight appearance and function: the
seating accommodates four and then coverts to a two-seater when the roof
retracts. The passenger-seat area is open with a simple exposed airbag on the
A telescoping hub-less steering wheel incorporates semi-automatic paddle
shifters and allows the meter to be shifted forward in order to shorten the
driver's focus-time between the road and meter, and ultimately enhance driver
"FT-HS redefines the sports car experience not only with styling but also
in function and performance," said Wearing. "The FT-HS is Toyota's answer to
the question 'What is a suitable sports car for the 21st Century?'"
Toyota says a 400hp model that does 0 to 60 in four seconds would cost between $30,000 and $40,000. The preliminary specifications include a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid electric engine.