World Of Interiors: 2015 Toyota S-FR concept

The blogosphere has been excited about this “concept” car which is scheduled for production. Most people like the sportscar format and funky exterior design. We like it because….

2015 Toyotao F-SR interior: jalopnik.com
2015 Toyotao F-SR interior: jalopnik.com

…it has felt door cards. This material has been hanging around waiting to be used in this way for a long time. As well as being recyclable and very light compared to plastic, it improves the cabin acoustics and feels nicer to the touch. The minimum radius attainable by felt is quite large so it yields nice round forms and smooth sweeps when folded across the door structure. Handling this must have provided some challenges to the manufacturer and I am in doubt as to whether it will see the light of day.

I hope it does and also that once Toyota realise what felt can do they can also make some more use of the fantastic colour properties of wool. Wool takes dye very well and as a result can be given some very fine hues that react to light in a different, nicer way than the same hue used in plastic.

2015 Toyota S-FR exterior: caranddriver.com
2015 Toyota S-FR exterior: caranddriver.com

Here is a detail of the material. The designers have cut out holes to show the metal underneath. Nice touch but if the felt itself was coloured in another way this trope would not be necessary. It´s almost as if Toyota aren’t wise to the potential of felt.

image: jalopnik.com
image: jalopnik.com

Here is a look at the exterior. Generally it;s spot on, with great proportions and lovely detailing. I think the one aspect that needs changing is the headlamps. The bonnet shutline dominates the lamps, looking very much as if the lamp is being hidden by the metal. If the lamp cut into the bonnet by just a small amount – a centimetre – the effect would disappear. It’s a gestalt thing to do with continuity.

Image: carandriver.com
Image: carandriver.com

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

6 thoughts on “World Of Interiors: 2015 Toyota S-FR concept”

  1. I suppose this is predicting a toyobaru 86/BRZ replacement? Why would Toyota have two compact rear-drive coupes in its lineup at the same time?

    As for the felt and exposed metal interior, the FT-86 concept had an exciting-looking use of fabrics and zips in its interior, none of which made it into the production car. If you’re lucky you’ll get a hexagon motif in the plastic trim.

  2. I don’t mind the hood intersecting the lamps directly, although when done this way, the graphics of the lamp should reflect their actual shape and not look as if they are interrupted, leaving the impression of being half-covered by the sheetmetal.

    1. It´s the interruption that troubled me. One´s eye tends to extrapolate shapes and when one sees a cut-off ellipse one suspects the rest of it is there but hidden. My own solution to keep the cut-off shape but to move it away from the bonnet shutline. It points to the fact that an interruppted circle or ellipse inevitably creates these unwelcome interpretations. I assume Gestalt Laws apply in Japan but maybe they don´t!

  3. The production version of this latest Toyota snout has already been installed on the US market 2016 Scion iA and Canadian market Yaris.

    The car itself is made for Toyota by Mazda in their Mexican factory and is essentially the new Mazda2 transmogrified into an apathetic nightmare. Confronting this ghastly apparition takes solid doses of courage.

    http://m.caranddriver.com/scion/ia

    Their dominant comment: “A face that makes you want to drive it with a paper bag over your head—which we do not recommend.”

    Toyota has accomplished the truly difficult task of ruining a coherent Mazda design, and vast talent was obviously required.

    In that context, and in light of the later article on this site where a great deal of fuss is expended on redesigning the headlights of this Silly-ForReal sports car, it seems to me that the completely obvious has been overlooked. The ridiculous grille is what desperately needs a redesign first before wringing one’s hands over headlight integration into the upper body.

    Seriously, let us be real. On the other hand, I absolutely adore this website for its attention to design details few other souls care about. In that sense, it’s highly refreshing as off-beat comment. I for one cannot wait for the grey stuff that normally carpets sedan trunks to be applied to door cards. Looxury. I believe Nissan is leading the way on this front on its less expensive models judging by quick glances inside of the current Micra, Versa and Sentra.

    Archie Vicar would approve, I’m sure, were his corporeal form still above terra firma.

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