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Toyota Takes Supra-Previewing FT-1 Concept To The (Virtual) Track With Gran Turismo

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Toyota’s stunning FT-1 concept car revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show may be a preview of the next-generation Supra, but it’s also the Japanese automaker’s entrant for Gran Turismo’s Vision challenge, which celebrates the popular video game’s 15th anniversary. The challenge was set by Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi, who last year asked design studios from all across the globe to come up with a concept using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”.

A handful of these concepts, including a new FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo, teased in the video above, were selected to be transferred to the virtual world where they will be available in Gran Turismo 6 through online updates. Note, the original FT-1 is already available for download.

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The new FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo is based on the original FT-1 but has been designed for the race track rather than the road. No additional information has been revealed but the concept is believed to be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. Responsible for the styling were the same team of designers at Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California that penned the original FT-1.

Toyota says the FT-1 Vision GT will be available “soon” for GT6. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the new Supra. At present, the fifth generation of the cult hero is expected to land before 2017. It will ride on a platform shared with BMW’s next-generation Z4 sports car and is thought to be coming with an advanced hybrid system combining a four-cylinder engine with a trio of electric motors.

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