I’m not certain I have a solid grip on reality as it exists in 2014. To me, the dividing line where real life ends and the virtual world begins seems to have blurred to a point that I can no longer clearly distinguish.
That feeling was emphasised on Monday when Toyota pulled the surprise of the Detroit motor show by unveiling a striking new concept, the FT-1, which some industry experts believe points towards a revival of the Supra nameplate.
Toyota stopped short of confirming that, although it did reference the Supra and the 2000GT during the presentation, so it doesn’t require a rocket scientist to work out where the Japanese manufacturer is heading.
Also during the reveal, it was announced that the Toyota FT-1 would be available in downloadable virtual form on Gran Turismo 6 driving game on the PlayStation from Tuesday.
What a clever way to build on the buzz created by your outlandishly exciting new concept. By the time our motorsport blogger and Motorsport News editor James Attwood had fired up his PlayStation for us to have a go, several hundred thousand gamers had already driven the virtual FT-1.
I mentally grapple with the prospect of a conceptual car that may or may not spawn a production version in the future appearing in virtual form so that gamers can have a make-believe taste of how the FT-1 may or may not drive.