In the past decade, car companies unashamedly have taken to copying each others' successful design elements more than ever. The Japanese have done this copycat styling longer than anyone, and this exercise from Toyota has Italian written all over it.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Perhaps.
It's all about profit margins, really. Much about car design today is overdone. They should restrain themselves more, because one of the golden rules in art is; it's always better to underplay than to overdo.
Sheldon Cooper
This looks like something a teenage boy would doodle - all scoops and vents most of which are completely unnecessary, I'm surprised there are no fake rocket launchers. If you need a lesson in tasteful design look at a McLaren or Aston Martin: "less is more".
Jimbo Jones
I like it all overdone, show some imagination. Unfortunately imagination is not involved here.
Lewis M. Dickens III
Looks to me like we have entered the age of hideous Hollywood mad max bullcrap.
It would appear the designers of Toyota's FT-1 were trying way to hard. It seems they could not figure out when enough, is actual enough!
Their end results takes on an almost "cartoonistic" character. Like something you might see manufactured as a "Hot Wheels" toy.
What ever happened to using a bit of sophistication in their overall design concept?
Lovelace Edouard Philippe
Speed Racer
Derrick Chen
It's a good start but not enough toyota design team, first of all, you have the back automatic downforce wing, but where is the automatic front downforce wing. Second, why rear drive instead go 4 wheel drive. Third, why only sports car instead it should be sports car, seden van, truck, and van. Lastly, instead of traditional out dated engine tech with abounch sensors, can your team re-engineer and modernize the engine to be multilinked engine that is one engine per tire that driven to the intended horsepower instead of the old outdated engine tech that everyone is using in this world currently. Please really pass this to toyota corporation teams man, you are one of the giant that the world trust and use everyday, it is time for your team to make things happen the honest, responsible way to truly modernize the machine man. Be a good leader earning good money by truly monderize different aspect of the machine instead of just another look man and I mean including the safety instead of just another fancy sensor gadgets. Your corporation holds the top selling volumns out there shouldn't all of you steping up now to modernize all of the aspect now. Materials man, using tungsten, lead, and boron alloy and turn into sheets, than bonding them together to have end product that is one piece instead, it allows even thinner material to even meet up with the same strength which eventually leads to lighter weight as it further develop even though I prefer you still meet up with the same weight as current machine which leads to stronger and safer machine man. Hey Toyota corporation, even I have a lot of family and friends using your machine so it's time for you to be truly responsible and make this thing happen man, don't put asians at risk man, shouldn't your team think twice, you are hearing asians speaking to you on this man, just make it happen and I will be watching, if you can make it happen I will definitely continue to buy you machines man and I own one of your lexus already so I am not speaking out of blue.
Historically the best designers use minimal fake add-on lines and form and this FT-1 also shows that high caliber. All the sour grapes above with 'overdone scoops' 'completely unnecessary', 'Speed-Racer' 'cartoons', 'Hot wheels' etc totally miss a key point in good design that form follows function first.
Scoops and vents that feed direct cooling air to hot brakes and engines are a very worthy function and I see hardly any fussy lines for the sake of themselves like too many designers use today. The only potential unnecessary detail is the glass hood unless it also allows hot air to escape possibly in a raised rear gap. Then its also removable for hot weather racing.
The permanent body and adjustable Kamm effect wing hopefully also has an adjustable front ground effects scoop using a different color to be very functional with its paint destruction location.
There seems to be little to no fakeness anywhere so Toyota this time did very well. I hope Subaru's WRX will keep returning back to its early no bs design after too many years off target.
Koenigsegg called. They'd like their roof curves back. Please.
The Skud
Derrek Chan - You seems to want a automotive version of a 'Transformer'. To a lot of the other posters - Read it again, the story says most of the 'flashy' scoops are there for a reason, not just as showy bits. For myself, it was designed as a sports car, let it be a sports car. At least it is not so much of a bland, one-size-fits-all design that could swap a dozen makers' badges and nobody would notice.