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RSS Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept

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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/conceptcars/" rel="tag">Concept Cars</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/coupes/" rel="tag">Coupe</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sports/" rel="tag">Performance</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/videos/" rel="tag">Videos</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/toyota/" rel="tag">Toyota</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/celebrities/" rel="tag">Celebrities</a></p><a href="/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/#continued"><img alt="Jay Leno with the Toyota FT-1" data-credit="Jay Leno's Garage via YouTube" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1164x783+111+48/resize/628x417!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c0e4cf21b96857c79134367f210c736d/200014032/Screen+Shot+2014-04-07+at+4.48.36+PM.png" data-mep="207371" /></a><br /><br />Hinting at the future of <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/">Toyota</a> performance vehicles, the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/toyota+ft-1/">FT-1</a> concept was one of the stars of the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/detroit-auto-show/">Detroit Auto Show</a> this year. It even nabbed <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/01/15/editors-choice-top-five-2014-detroit-auto-show-debuts/">fourth place in our Editors' Choice list</a>. While he's a few months behind the car's official reveal, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/jay+leno/">Jay Leno</a> managed to get the only existing concept of the sports coupe wheeled into his garage to take a closer look, and he's pretty impressed.<br /><br />Leno speaks with Alex Shen and William Chergosky, the exterior and interior chief designers of the FT-1 respectively, to get a better idea of the inspirations behind the concept. Jay heaps high praise on it for mixing Italian and Japanese design and says he likes the look even more than the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/lfa/">Lexus LFA</a>. The coupe isn't a product of either country, though. It was penned at Toyota's CALTY Design Research center in Newport Beach, CA.<br /><br />The designers go into the entire history of the FT-1, and Shen even admits that Toyota design lacks an emotional factor at the moment. It's a fascinating interview behind some of the little touches you might miss at first glance. Unfortunately, the model doesn't have the green light for production yet and may never get made. In any case, <a href="/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/#continued">scroll down</a> to watch Leno swoon over the coupe.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/">Jay Leno gets behind the curtain on the design of the Toyota FT-1 concept</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:58:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20864543/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/04/07/jay-leno-toyota-ft-1-design-video/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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