On the same day that it was making its debut at the North American International Auto Show, the Toyota FT-1 Concept was also going up for download as part of a DLC (downloadable content) for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) title Gran Turismo 6 (GT6).
However, the show car lacked an actual engine, so we don’t know what exactly will power it in the game, since the official information from developer Polyphony Digital comfortably avoided the subject..
What was specified though was the fact that it was actually made in-game first, courtesy of Calty Design Research, in order “to realistically demonstrate what a production FT-1 could achieve.”
It’s a cool idea (even if it’s not all that new to the franchise) and according to GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, "it’s always been a dream of ours to have our automotive partners use Gran Turismo in exciting new ways…"
"The design team at Calty developed a stunning concept car and we were honored to work with them to render the car digitally for the concept presentation," he added. "The FT-1 is a forward-looking, technically advanced and beautiful concept car. We can’t wait to see fans’ reactions as they drive the vehicle and get to know it the way I was able to.”
GT6 players will be able to obtain the car either by achieving a bronze (or better) finish in the FT-1 challenge at the Laguna Seca track. Otherwise, it can be purchased separately from the Toyota dealership.
The concept comes as part of an update (the third released so far) which also brings the game up to version 1.03, fixing some bugs, also adding a detailed interior for the BMW M4 along with additional unique Seasonal Events to take part in.
By Andrei Nedelea