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Inside Toyota's Calty Design Center

Charles Trieu
Jun 22, 2011
Photographer: Courtesy Of Scion

Ever wondered how cars were designed? Well luckily for me Scion invited us to their Calty Design Research facility in Newport Beach. Here at Calty all the magic happens. Many of your favorite Toyota, Lexus, and Scion cars have been designed right here on the premises of Calty. Usually closed to non-Toyota employees, but we had a rare glimpse inside of what it takes to design a car. The facility is equipped with everything type of machinery such as the a five axis mill and vacuum molding to create an entire car. Everything from 3D drawings, to full size clay sculptures is here made in house. Bob Mochizuki, designer of the 2011 Scion tC was on hand to tell us how he designed the new generation of tC. One my favorite characteristics of the car is the black a-pillars. Bob said he did this to mimic the look of a racing helmet's visor. For more info on Bob and him designing the tC check this out,

What looks like a concept version of the Lexus CT.

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The FT-HS, led to the FT-86, which then became the FR-S. I can't decide which one I like best. Google FT-HS to see how the platform started out.

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Full 1:1 scale car completely carved out of clay by hand.

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Calty is full of cool toys like this five axis mill. This can cut out anything you can imagine.

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The 2011 Scion tC was designed by Bob Mochizuki at Calty.

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Super Street Jon is going to make a wallet size photo of this for himself.

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Vacuum molded wheel cover for mock up designs.

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Tooling for clay sculptures.

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I suck at sculpting.

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Craig from Scion showing us how it's done.

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Torrance, CA 90509
By Charles Trieu
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