The Toyota FT-HS is a hybridsports carconcept 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 (298 kW) and achieve 0-60 mph (97 km/h) 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, no FT-HS 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.
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It’s only a concept car for the Detroit auto show, but it might become the next Supra
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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.