This Concept Turns Carroll Shelby’s Toyota 2000GT Into A Modern Racer

Nov 24, 2020

Category: Rides

Japan’s Toyota 2000GT is one of the world’s most iconic automotive platforms, paving the way for renowned models like the Supra, Lexus LFA, and GT86. Despite its renown, the rarefied example is somewhat hermetic, resigning itself to archival showrooms and bespoke collections under private ownership. To change that, a design and modeling team comprised of Nirmit Soni, Sandeep Dasari, Vitali Enes, and Constantin Stein has dreamt up “Hommage” — an illustration of contemporary concept.

The Toyota 2000GT “Hommage” is a clear reference to the car’s original models, drawing subtle inspiration from their curved form factor and sleek design. Of these platforms, two were specially prepared for the 1968 SCCA production race league by legendary designer, Carroll Shelby, making their mark on the circuit with three podium finishes, and a finishing record of 80%. Referencing the famous red and white livery of the team’s No.33 car, driven by Scooter Patrick, the designers’ recreation of the classic model embodies the elegance of the iconic 2000GT, pairing it with Toyota’s aerodynamic stylings, futuristic body lines, and distinctive design cues, with a hint of Supra thrown in, for good measure. Head to the team’s Behance page to see the concept in action at the famous Nürburgring.

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