Another auto show, another cool, lifestyle-driven concept by Toyota. After the FT-4X in New York earlier this year, meet the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC, unveiled a few days ago in Los Angeles.
It comes at a time when many people escape to the hills, deserts or beaches for their much-needed weekend recharges after a long week of work.
“FT-AC is not just a means of getting there, it helps to deliver the adventure that outdoor enthusiasts crave. Whatever the road, FT-AC inspires the potential for fun!”
- Cyril Dimitris, Vice President of Toyota Canada Inc.
Whether you go mountain biking, kayaking or rock climbing, the Toyota FT-AC stands out with a bold design and innovative solutions. In fact, you see the fog lights? Those can be taken out from their pods and used as portable lights or attached to a mountain bike for occasional night rides. Twin hooks come in handy when stuck, while skid plates help protect the short front and rear overhangs.
Extra wide fender flares provide body shielding and look as if they float above the 20-inch wheels and beefier all-terrain tires, both of which help accentuate the truck’s commanding look. Up top is a safari-style cargo roof rack system that can haul all types of adventure gear. LED marker lights at its front corners can provide ambient lighting around the vehicle, brighten the trail ahead or, if desired, act as a flash for the side mirrors’ embedded cameras.
The infrared cameras on the side mirrors can record trail runs and, like the fog lights, can be removed and mounted off-vehicle so that no fun goes undocumented. An integrated Wi-Fi hotspot automatically uploads footage to cloud-based storage where real-time editing and posting can be accessed via mobile device. The Wi-Fi connectivity even gives adventure-goers the ability to livestream the fun to fans and followers.
At the rear is an innovative integrated bike rack that retracts, making for a highly useful feature that can be securely hidden in only a few seconds. Lastly, drivers and passengers can utilize FT-AC’s geolocation capabilities for directions back to basecamp.
Power comes from a gasoline engine with an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The latter features variable terrain-response settings and 4-wheel lock functionality. Toyota says a next-generation hybrid powertrain could also be used.
What do you think?
Toyota moving forward with hydrogen
In other news, the company announced plans to build the world’s first megawatt-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation station in California.
This “Tri-Gen” facility will use bio-waste sourced from agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles.
“For more than 20 years, Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society. Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 Environmental Challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations.”
- Doug Murtha, Group Vice President, Strategic Planning
Tri-Gen is a key step forward in Toyota’s work to develop a hydrogen society. Read more about its Mirai fuel-cell sedan.