Players of the video game franchise Gran Turismo will be able to have a go at Toyota’s newest concept car the FT-1 which was unveiled IRL (webspeak for “in real life”) at the North American International Auto Show on Monday. In a cool intersection of the virtual/gaming community and real life technology, players of Gran Turismo 6 will be able to use the FT-1 as a downloadable vehicle within the game.
The Japanese carmaker and global car sales leader took the wraps off the FT-1 at the annual North American car show, and while the concept car will not hit production, it is a showcase of what Toyota is capable of in the near future. In fact, the initials “FT” stand for “Future Toyota”, this according to a press release from the company. “This provocative concept truly captures the passion, excitement and energy of the Toyota we are evolving into,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota’s Calty Design Research facility in Newport Beach, California, “and embodies elements of the emotion and performance.”
The design of the concept vehicle started two years ago and devised first in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo gaming community. This is the reason for the great “hat tip” the Japanese carmaker is giving to this online video gaming community. With a free online update, an event featuring the FT-1 will be made available to players. If the players place 3rd or better in the FT-1 challenge at Laguna Seca, players would be able to add the virtual car to their own garages. Drivers also will be able to purchase the virtual vehicle without completing the event.