Toyota Fans, Rejoice: Supra Name Is Back on the Table
Toyota (NYSE:TM) raised some pulses at the North American International Auto Show in January when it debuted the FT-1, an insane looking two-seater that renewed the faithful’s hopes that Toyota would one day revive the Supra nameplate on a car worthy of living up to what that title entails.
Those hopes just became a bit more real, as the Motor Report says that Toyota has filed an application to the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office to once again secure the rights to the “Supra” name. The FT-1 — a concept developed by Toyota’s Calty Design studio in California — was intended to explore what a Supra successor might look like, and it used many factors derived from the previous Supra models.
“The FT-1 is a dream-project for a designer and car enthusiast like myself,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s studio chief designer, in Toyota’s statement at the time of the FT-1′s unveiling. “Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe.”