GPS-track day technology for Toyota FT86

ft86 gps track day display on digital gauge cluster lcd displayHave you noticed the three USB ports in the center console of the FT-86 Concept? It seems as 2 of the 3 ports are in use. And You`ve already seen the display in dashboard with Fuji Speedway map and red dot showing position, altitude, laptimes, corners, checkpoints, etc. Toyota is working with creators of Gran Turismo 5 and automotive technology giant Denso on a new project called "GPS-track day". It is believed that you could be able to drive your real FT-86 around a real track (given that the track is available on Gran Turismo 5) and then remove the memory card from your car, plug it into your PS3 unit and either "watch" your lap virtually or race against yourself, as your real car appears as the "ghost car" that you battle against.

Insiders tell that this technology would be soon adopted to most Toyota vehicles, FT-86 being the first of course. So probably the USB ports are just for that - data logging! Probably we also get some digital gauges on the LCD display, cause the screen isn`t there just for the GT5 game, it should serve more purposes than that - media, gps navigation, etc..

Toyota FT-86 concept, USB ports in center console, engine start button

The GPS unit was tested in a fully race-prepped Lexus IS F at the Nurburgring last October. We have a video, that shows how it`s working in GT5, notice the steering wheel is moving identically, so it has to be working! Gps-track day technology testing video for GT5 with Lexus Is-F
Let`s hope that most of this technology makes it to the production line!

There should really be additional gauges/info on the dashboard, like GT-R has..

another shot of the beautiful gauge cluster:

toyota ft86 concept, gauge cluster, dashboard, gps, map

Press release:

At the Tokyo Autosalon 2010 with NAPAC, held at the Makuhari Messe of the Chiba Prefecture on January 15-18, the Toyota Motor Corporation and "Gran Turismo" announced a collaboration for a new technology that utilizes vehicle data and GPS coordinates.

This technology involves taking real-life CAN (Controller Area Network) data, used to manage car and GPS positioning data, and using it to reproduce a visualization of the recorded driving within Gran Turismo.

Simply put, CAN and GPS data recorded in a real car is exported to a USB memory stick and fed into Gran Turismo's simulation engine, producing a replay or recreation of that data within the game.

That data can even be used as a ghost car, or used to analyze a person's real-life performance on the race track. CAN data includes things like forward/aft and right/left G forces, steering, brake, accelerator operations and engine rpm, as well as the rotational speeds of each wheel. When combined with GPS positional data, a very accurate recreation of the recorded drive is possible.

On the stage at the Toyota Booth, actual driving data taken from a real lap, driven by 2009 Super GT Champion Juichi Wakisaka in a Toyota (Lexus) IS-F on the Fuji Speedway, was reproduced in Gran Turismo. The level of precision of this system was proven by showing both footage taken from an in-car camera during the lap from the actual lap and the recreated lap in Gran Turismo (see above video).

Look forward for more exciting news on this and other collaborations.

Toyota Motor Corporation and "Gran Turismo" announced a collaboration for a new technology that utilizes vehicle data and GPS coordinates.

the keyword is vehicle data. it must include speed, gear, steering wheel position, maybe an accelerometer. and all other sensors already on the engine. as Jaromir Cech said, the concept was just a design, but the idea was to involve gps and sensor meters and multimedia into the screen...

if they put dvd in the dashboard, how would other passengers see the screen?

Restoring hachiroku, always in progress.

i mean, if you watch a movie or something (it has dvd in concept design) or a map..

Restoring hachiroku, always in progress.

You do realize the FT86 is a one person car? The other 3 seats are for equal weight distribution :D


Restoring hachiroku, always in progress.

more detailed photo of the FT-86 concept in-dash map display:

closeup photo of the memory sticks / usb ports:

ft-86 center console, usb memory sticks, memory slots
FT-86 concept USB memory sticks

not so straight forward as in concept version, but seems Track day technology will be possible in production version.

watch from 4min:

See video

Video: Development process of Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86
WBS クルマ再興への道 復権スポーツカー トヨタ86/スバルBRZ

Finaly a video of Toyota 86 lapping around Fuji Speedway and replaying on Gran Turismo 5