I wounder how the people over at Calty felt? It must have sucked when they were bind slighted by the Broke Motor Wagon "partnership". Imagine spending all that time to make something as beautiful as the FT1 and hoping Toyota would green light it with the LC platform, but only to be told to scale it down because it needed to fit over a Z4 platform and to tack on 8 fake vents.
Kevin Hunter, Calty Design Research Center president, shares his journey on the way to relaunching the iconic Toyota Supra.
Were there any concessions that had to get designed out of the production car?
The car got scaled down quite a bit. FT-1 was a big car. One reason was for being on the show car stage. We wanted drama and impact. Motor shows are about theater and creating excitement. But the other reason it was big was we knew the LC500 was coming, and we thought maybe, just maybe, they could build it on that platform. At that time we didn’t know there was any BMW arrangement underway, so the big challenge was how to take FT-1, which was a pretty sizable car, and compress it down to the actual production package that became Supra.