liter V6 Hybrid Electric
approx 400 hp
approx 4 seconds
(from Toyota Press
Release) Toyota FT-HS Concept Debuts At The 2007 North
American International Auto Show
January 3, 2007 –
Torrance, CA - The Toyota FT-HS hybrid sports concept will make its
debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.
Pairing a potent hybrid powertrain with essential sports car
fundamentals, the FT-HS concept was a joint undertaking of Calty,
Toyota's North American-based, research and design center located in
Newport Beach, Calif., and Toyota's California-based Advanced
Product Strategy Group. The design team was assigned the task of
creating a mid-priced sports car that integrates ecology and emotion
in a concept that addresses the question "What is a suitable sports
car for the 21st Century?"
"Drivers today are not satisfied with cars that are simply fast,"
said Kevin Hunter, vice president, Calty Design Research. "In
addition to driving enjoyment, today's drivers are concerned about
safety, ecology and social responsibility."
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 looks lightweight.
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
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 speeds.
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
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 cross-car beam.
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 focus.
“FT-HS redefines the sports car experience not only with styling but
also in function and performance,” said Hunter. “The FT-HS is
Toyota’s answer to the question ‘What is a suitable sports car for
the 21st Century?’”
TOYOTA FT-HS CONCEPT VEHICLE
3.5 Liter V6 hybrid electric
Overall Length: 170.27
Overall Width: 73.23
Overall Height: 50.79
Wheels: Carbon Fiber
Tire Sizes: Front 245/35R21 Rear 285/30R21