FT-HS concept is a front-engine,
rear-drive sports car with a projected 0-100 km/h acceleration in the
four-second range. A powerful V6, 3.5-litre engine is coupled with a
next generation, sports hybrid system with a target power output of
approximately 400 horsepower. The FT-HS performance parameters
demonstrate the potential of hybrid technology, enabling Toyota to push
forward to new frontiers.
Sports car performance and driver focus is
enhanced by the all-new platform and independent suspension with coil
springs, gas-filled struts and front and rear anti-roll bars.
The exterior design follows the core
values of the Toyota brand design philosophy under two consistent
themes: J-Factor and Vibrant Clarity. J-Factor refers to the local and
global acceptance of Japanese-inspired design and cultural form. It is
what allows FT-HS concept to stand out as a Toyota with global appeal.
Vibrant Clarity is the design language used to express the J-factor. It
is the combination of perfect imbalance, freeform geometrics and
integrated component architecture to create Toyota models that are
forward looking and energetic while retaining a clarity of purpose and
Exterior designer, Alex Shen says: “The
result of these elements is subtractive mass, a minimalist style that is
not only lightweight, but also looks lightweight. 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 with hard-edge
‘Aero-Corners’ which promote smooth airflow and reduce turbulence.”
FT-HS is a four seat sports coupe concept
with a unique retractable roof. Made from carbon fibre Kevlar, the roof
panel and back window pivot fluidly in a downward motion to stow in the
rear seat space. In this configuration FT-HS becomes a two seater. The
operation can be completed in around 10 seconds. When raised, the roof
has a distinctive scooped-out section designed to reduce aerodynamic
drag and provide headroom at the key areas.
The vehicle’s triangular profile has a
floating “C” pillar, sharp edges and flowing curves. Up front, the
aggressive nose reveals narrow headlamp strips and deep air intake
scoops. The smoked glass engine cover allows a tantalising view of the
advanced Hybrid Synergy Drive® powertrain.
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 reduced heat loss.