Introducing the Toyota FT-AC (Future Toyota Adventure Concept ), designed from a specific SUV study that is opening up new horizons for those wanting to enjoy their leisure time to the max – with the ability to share their experiences with others while on the move.
The FT-AC has built-in cameras and a WiFi system enabling journey footage to be available in an instant for remote editing and live online streaming. To extend the adventure, the lights and cameras can be detached to take you beyond what’s been possible on four wheels, for those expeditions on and off-road.
Presenting this new conception at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jack Hollis, Vice President and General Manager of North America’s Toyota Division, said: “FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways. No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation.”
The FT-AC clearly references Toyota’s current range of SUVs and pick-ups. The broad width of the black front grille is flanked with bright LED headlamps, in addition: the fog lights are removable from their pods and can be used as portable lights.The designed-in practicality offers twin hooks for vehicle recovery and sturdy skid plates to protect the front and rear overhangs when crossing rough off-road terrain.
The FT-AC long wheelbase, wide track and high ground clearance, emphasises a powerful stance in its splendour. Additional extra wide wheel arch protectors, armour the bodywork and appear to float above the 20-inch wheels, decked with all-terrain tyres.
A safari-style roof rack system is fitted with rear-facing LED lights that can be operated remotely. Additionally, LED marker lights diffuse light around the vehicle, or can act as a flash for the use with the cameras embedded in the door mirrors. These cameras are infra-red with the ability to record the FT-AC’s off-road journeys. No aspect of an adventure need go unrecorded with the removable front fogs lights that may be mounted off of the vehicle. The integrated WiFi hotspot uploads footage automatically to a cloud-based storage with accessibility for real-time editing and posting using a mobile device.
Smart touches include a retracting, integrated bike rack that can be hidden from view, a geolocation function that can provide directions back to base camp. The vehicle revealed in Los Angeles is a design experiment, it has been imagined from conception as a totally capable vehicle, making use of advanced all-wheel drive systems with torque vectoring. Allowing power to be routed as required for excellent vehicle control and traction. Variable terrain-response settings and a four-wheel local function add capability, managing traction control and throttle response to maximise grip at each wheel.
FT-AC is petrol-powered but could accommodate a next generation hybrid powertrain that combines fuel efficiency with rugged, all-wheel drive brawn.