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The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car

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On: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:11AM | By: John Welch

The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car

What is this grainy image we are looking at? That, my friends, is a flat-four lurking beneath the hood of. . .a Toyota? MMmmm, and that Boxer engine is attatched to . . . a chassis that is 'rear-drive only'?! What is going on? Could this get any more weird? Oh yes, it sure can. One word . 'Zippers'.

That word, uh, 'zippers', refers to the bizarre use of zippers in the design of the interior. This is a 'concept' car, sure, but there are molds being smashed everywhere you look at the thing. The CD deck (who says 'deck' anymore?) is housed behind a zipper, there are zippers on the doors, and other hidden zippers I have yet to discover.

Seriously, who really cares about zippers that probably won't make it into production (I foresee serious disc-scratches emanating from that CD-tray zipper)? The elements of the FT-86 that will make it to showrooms are much more intriguing.

A Subaru-engineered Boxer engine, a delightlfully compact body riding on a chassis that has a wheel base slightly longer then a 370Z (the entire car still comes in a few inches shorter then the 'FairLady'), and the scintillating sheet metal previewed here . . . though I can do without those awful 'directional' wheels. Rumors about the FT-86 are rampant on these interwebs, but you can be certain that the car will be rear-drive and sold as both a Subaru and a Toyota. Hopefully. . .

Japanese Superpage car.nifty.com has provided us with a lovely teaser animation- slapped together by Polyphony, the team responsible for Gran Turismo. They even threw in an O.G. AE86 Corolla at the end, fanning the flames of the legend of Hachi-Roku . . .

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