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Toyota FT-1 concept ready to drive in GT6

By David Williams, Tue 14 Jan 2014
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The Toyota FT-1 concept is now available as a downloadable vehicle for PlayStation 3’s Gran Turismo 6.

Race fans and the gaming community can experience FT-1 exclusively inGT6, where the FT-1 was created digitally to realistically demonstrate what a production FT-1 could achieve.

“Thanks to the amazing capability of the Gran Turismo game engine, gamers can enjoy a very real simulation piloting the ultra-high performance FT-1 on the tracks it was designed to master,” says Kevin Hunter, President of Calty Design Research, the group responsible for the FT-1design.

As part of the pitch process to top management that saw the FT-1 concept selected for construction and display on the international auto show circuit, Calty sought a way to help key executives(including Akio Toyoda) better experience the concept.

Calty approached Polyphony about utilising the Gran Turismo game physics to help create a driving simulator experience that couldphysically communicate the performance and emotion of the high-performanceconcept.

For the day of design selection, the Polyphony team was able to bring the Toyota FT-1 to life in a virtual world that captured the excitement, passion, and performance conveyed by the concept model.

"It’s always been a dream of ours to have our automotive partners use Gran Turismo in exciting new ways," says Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo and President of Polyphony DigitalInc.

“The design team at Calty developed a stunning concept car and we were honoured to work with them to render the car digitally for the concept presentation. 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.”

Owners of GT6 will be the first to test-drive the FT-1 as a free online update. Upon downloading the latest update, a unique seasonal event featuring the Toyota FT-1 will bemade available in the game. Receive a bronze or better in the FT-1 challenge at Laguna Seca and you will receive the car.

Drivers will also be able to purchase the vehicle from the Toyota dealership in the simulator without having to complete the seasonal event.

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