|Toyota FT-HS Concept|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2+2 coupe|
|Engine||3.5L V6 hybrid electric|
|Wheelbase||104.33 in (2,650 mm)|
|Length||170.27 in (4,325 mm)|
|Width||73.23 in (1,860 mm)|
|Height||50.79 in (1,290 mm)|
The Toyota FT-HS is a hybrid sports car concept introduced at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. Calty Design Research designed the concept. FT-HS stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sport.
The goal of the rear wheel drive hybrid powertrain is to produce 400 hp (300 kW) and achieve 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds. This is accomplished by combining a 3.5 L V6 and an electric motor in a manner similar to the Lexus GS450h. Unlike the GS (and virtually all other current hybrids), a production version of the FT-HS would make use of a capacitor system designed specifically for quick charging and increased performance. Since the debut of this concept, Toyota has exhibited such technology in the Supra HV-R race car.
In spite of the FT-HS being only a concept vehicle, Toyota's desired starting price for such a vehicle is stated to be in the mid $30,000 range.
An August 2008 article from Automotive News indicated that a production version was no longer being considered. However, a January 2009 article from Edmunds Inside Line states that "the V6 Supra replacement is still in the pipeline and is set for an early 2011 debut". However, as of 2012 neither the FT-HS nor any Supra replacements have been put into production. However, many of the concept's styling cues were used in the production of the Toyota 86 series developed jointly by Toyota and Subaru.
- Toyota FT-HS World Premiere ROADandTRACK.com accessed January 3, 2007
- Straightline - Detroit Auto Show: Toyota FT-HS, the responsible supercar accessed January 8, 2007
- Toyota Wins First Race With a Hybrid
- It's only a concept car for the Detroit auto show, but it might become the next Supra edmunds.com Inside Line accessed on December 27, 2006
- Fuel costs shift Toyota product plans autobloggreen accessed on Nov 21, 2008
- Peter Lyon (2009-01-16). "Moving Forward: Nissan GT-R Sedan, SUV and Lexus LF-A Still in the Works". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
News out of Toyota City also reveals that the V6 Supra replacement is still in the pipeline and is set for an early 2011 debut.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toyota FT-HS.|
- Toyota Concept Vehicles -- FT-HS official website
- Toyota press release on the FT-HS
- The newest 2009 Toyota FT-HS Concept blueprints