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Old 02-19-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Thumbs up FT-86 Autocar.co.uk new video - interview with senior designer

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man, I can't wait to drive this




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Now, although not everything is going quite according to plan at the moment at the world's largest car maker, there are still one or two things to be cheerful about at Toyota and this is certainly one of them.

Welcome to the FT-86 Concept. Otherwise known as the Toyobaru, mainly because it is the result of a joint project between Toyota and Subaru. This is a traditional front engine rear wheel drive coupe that is set to go on sale in 2012 for less than twenty thousand pounds. And if it drives even half as good as it looks... well, I reckon we're all in for a right treat.

So we're here with Jaromir Cech... is that correct?

Cech
yes

Sutcliffe
...one of the designers of the FT-86. Um, just tell me a bit about the car. How long have you been involved with it and how long has this project been in your mind.

Cech
Se we started in 2008 in mid year and basically finished by 2009 in October for the... well August... for Tokyo Motor Show in October.

Basically as a designers we always try to make it exciting... but I think just the basic brief was so exciting I can... you would have it make it really bad to go wrong, you know.

The we had before we actually see the package or anything we heard of rumors from TMC or from Japan they testing the chassis on Norschleife it goes like a go cart.

Actually the whole design, the concept for the car was functional beauty. And that says we NEED to respect the function of the sports car essentials... and, ah, give it the beauty, the something that makes you think "ah this is what I want."

The production should start 2012.

Sutcliffe
so maybe...

Cech
maybe even before

Sutcliffe
This, as it says, is a concept. What can you see changing? What can you see being lost on a production car that is on this?

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I think the bonnet will have to go up, not because of the unfeasible engineering things... I think that's... you can put in poduction like that.

Sutcliffe
It's for pedestrian..

Cech
Pedestrian pact, yeah. I mean, ah, basically I heard that Mr. Toyoda really like it and he wants to push it very very closely to production... the exterior.

The interior I think... it's ah... I would be very surprised if there would be something left. Basic idea was actually the same as exterior... to emphasize the low center of gravity and emphasize the lightweight feeling. So...

Sutclifffe
Right... so you deliberately make it appear as low as possible...

Cech
yes... create a dominant central tunnel and really light IP... no addditional. The original dasboard idea was to create trimming the oven ducting and the idea of the zippers was to... not just a decoration but to... but for example instead of creating plastic pockets... is just as a you have like a jacket pocket, so you're taking away unnecessary plastic.

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How do you think you'll do that in a production car?

Cech
I don't see why not but I think it's, ah, maybe unconventional.

Sutcliffe
What about... what about backseats? Will there be... will there basically be just no back seat?

Cech
There will be... well there should be two plus two but... ah... actually for small kids.

Sutcliffe
I mean you can potentially be able to seat small adults...

Cech
Small person, yeah.

Sutcliffe
A bit like a 911

Cech
Yeah, I guess... worked a little bit on the concept with Playstation. Is a little bit, yeah again, engaging to have a fun car and... of course when you go to production maybe this will be the GPS standard issue thing. That was the whole idea as well, to try to concentrate all the information in front of you even in a production car... to... so you don't have to look up, down...

Sutcliffe
Everything's just...

Cech
Everything's just...

Sutcliffe
...right there. It looks really neat. And this is just the normal six speed gearbox?

Cech
Yeah. You have a...

Sutclifffe
You won't have anything fancy...

Cech
No. Even the handbrake that was actually the whole intention... it's design in spade of old Corolla so you can go drifting.

Sutcliffe
That's great. I love it. I think it looks absolutely fantastic. It looks as good inside as it does outside. So production in...

Cech
2012

Sutcliffe
...next year? or 2012?

Cech
2012... so two more years

Sutcliffe
An you can confirm that?

Cech
Yes. I could give you probably my left hand on it.

Sutcliffe
Right. Thank you very much...

Cech
Thank you...

Sutcliffe
for showing me around this car. It's great. I'm excited.
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Very exciting car -- can't wait until this is available!
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lol, it has windows XP installed in the dash
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lol, it has windows XP installed in the dash
Well at least it doesn't say "Powered By Hamsters" that you find on Honda's

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i hope it doesent run xp, we'll have reliability issues in 2012 all over again "car wont stop because of Blue screen of death"
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i hope it doesent run xp, we'll have reliability issues in 2012 all over again "car wont stop because of Blue screen of death"
I have NEVER had any serious issues with XP, and I've been running Home Media (as opposed to the more stable Professional) for 4 years now.

One reason I haven't upgraded to vista...I'm fine with XP. Haven't tried out 7 yet, but Microsoft OS's are like premiere model cars....you wait a few years to let the kinks out.
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I have NEVER had any serious issues with XP, and I've been running Home Media (as opposed to the more stable Professional) for 4 years now.

One reason I haven't upgraded to vista...I'm fine with XP. Haven't tried out 7 yet, but Microsoft OS's are like premiere model cars....you wait a few years to let the kinks out.
Actually, as much as I hate M$, Windows 7 is like.. CLEAN.
They've done a wonderful job making a horrible, mind-rotting product.
I don't take saying this lightly, but..... I prefer W7 to XP.

(Still, I'll take Linux first.. but as far as windoze goes, W7 ftw.)

All that said, I wouldn't pay for Windows in any form. Even if you buy it, you don't own it. It's not yours, and playing with your computer becomes ILLEGAL. The only thing you're buying is the right to use it, which microsoft can revoke at any time and for any reason, or none at all.
Don't pay for something that's not yours anyway. Just pirate it.
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I have NEVER had any serious issues with XP, and I've been running Home Media (as opposed to the more stable Professional) for 4 years now.

One reason I haven't upgraded to vista...I'm fine with XP. Haven't tried out 7 yet, but Microsoft OS's are like premiere model cars....you wait a few years to let the kinks out.
I agree with that.
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If the exterior looks nearly identical to the production version (except for the hood, as Cech mentioned), then I'm sure many prospective ft86 owners on this forum will be pleased. The interior is very unrealistic, but I hope at least the seats will be comfortable. If the production version keeps the car lightweight and handles well around corners, then I might open my wallet.
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