In the realm of innovative automotive design, CALTY Design Research has been a beacon of creativity for half a century. Established in 1973 as Toyota’s first major design studio on the West Coast, CALTY quickly became a hotbed of groundbreaking ideas, crafting everything from the iconic 1978 Toyota Celica to the rugged 2024 Toyota Tacoma. To celebrate its 50 years of design excellence, CALTY has recently unveiled a futuristic marvel – the Toyota Baby Lunar Cruiser (BLC) concept.
Inspired by Heritage, Designed for the Future
The Baby Lunar Cruiser concept represents a bold fusion of heritage design and cutting-edge technology. Drawing inspiration from the beloved FJ40 Land Cruiser and the real Lunar Cruiser developed by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota, the BLC is designed to conquer both Earth’s rugged terrains and the challenges of interplanetary exploration.
Innovative Features that Redefine Mobility
What sets the Baby Lunar Cruiser apart is its innovative design and advanced features. Propelled by in-wheel electric motors and controlled by dual joysticks, the BLC offers unparalleled maneuverability. Its airless tires, panoramic glass canopy, and augmented reality dashboard display enhance visibility and provide a futuristic driving experience.
A Glimpse into the Past: CALTY’s Unseen Concepts
In addition to the exciting Baby Lunar Cruiser reveal, CALTY has shared glimpses of its past creations that never saw the light of day. Concepts like the MX-1 and MX-2 mid-engine sports cars and a visionary travel trailer offer a tantalizing peek into CALTY’s creative process over the years.
CALTY: Pioneering the Future of Mobility
As the automotive industry shifts toward electrification and new frontiers, CALTY remains at the forefront of innovation. From their role in developing the 1997 Prius to the recent 2024 Land Cruiser, CALTY’s designs continue to shape Toyota’s legacy. With the Baby Lunar Cruiser leading the way, CALTY reaffirms its commitment to pushing boundaries, exploring new technologies, and inspiring the future of automotive design.
In the next 50 years and beyond, CALTY’s legacy of creativity, ingenuity, and passion for excellence will undoubtedly continue to redefine the landscape of mobility. Click here for more details.