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,
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.