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No Toyota FT-86 Yet, But We Do Have An FT-86 App

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On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

No Toyota FT-86 Yet, But We Do Have An FT-86 App

I can't think of a car that I've ever been so sick and tired of as the FT-86. At this point, I don't even want to see the production version in Tokyo. I really don't care anymore. Toyota has shoved this thing down our throats to the point that I think even the biggest Toyota sports car nuts don't care that much.

You would have thought that with three separate concept versions—a bright orange version of one of those concepts and an equally slow-to-develop Subaru sibling—Toyota would have had its fill of FT-86 teasing. But that's not the case. Toyota just launched a new app for its sports coupe. If that's not bad enough, the app is actually designed to get people to try to look for the concept that they've already seen oh so many times before.

The app is available on iTunes now. It is compatible with iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation models, so it won't work on older iOS devices.

Now the kicker—the app is designed to let iPhone users upload pictures of the FT-86 to a faux news site that attempts to act like the FT-86, a concept that's been around for two years now, is somehow newsworthy. FT-86 models are out testing in the wild now, so app users are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled, snap photos, and share them on "FT-86 World Report". Users can search the website by location to see if anyone's spotted it in nearby zip codes.

The only real positive thing I can say about the app is that it's free. If Toyota had the gall to charge you to basically advertise and hype up its car, I might have had to flood the site with pictures of the FT-86 with buddies' ass cracks somewhere in the frame.

This app is actually a pretty cool idea. But not for the FT-86 that no one cares about anymore. Toyota just has to cut the charade and release the production version. However, an app like this for a rarer supercar or even many supercars would be a cool way of checking out what supercars are in your neck of the woods.

After moving from New Jersey, the number of supercars that I see regularly has drastically declined. Despite its often negative reputation, New Jersey is one of the highest income per capita states, and many towns across the state all but guarantee you'll see a Ferrari, Lamborghini or some other hot car. Out where I live now, income levels are more modest and I don't often see supercars. Every once in a while, though, there's some kind of club run where I'll see a whole pack of supercars. I've seen Lamborghini, Lamborghini/Audi R8, and Porsche runs over the past several years, and it would kind of be cool to have somewhere to share these sights and see what else is driving around the area.

Perhaps there already is such an app and I'm just not aware of it. If not, though, all you car-fanatic developers take note. You can have the idea, just throw me some free access.

Bottom line, Toyota has a good idea, but the wrong car for it. I'd actually be more interested in seeing an app like this for past Toyota models like the Supra and, especially, 2000GT. The FT-86 is likely to be a staple on roads everywhere in a few months, and I really don't want to see it anymore until Tokyo.


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