Toyota's new TF108

Toyota TF108

Toyota TF108 

 

Toyota has launched its new Formula 1 challenger, the TF108 in a presentation in Cologne. The car is the work of a team of design engineers led by France's Pascal Vasselon.

The team hopes that the TF108 will be a significant step forward after the disappointments of 2007. The lessons learned have been incorporated into the new design. The car has a longer wheelbase, a major aerodynamic upgrade, revised suspension and a new gearbox. Wind tunnel tests and simulations show the TF108 is a marked improvement on its predecessor and the team expects to move closer to its long-term aim of winning races and fighting for the World Championship.

"Of course, our ultimate target is the middle step of the podium - we are in Formula 1 to win and we want to do that soon," said Panasonic Toyota chairman Tadashi Yamashina. "Our clear target in 2008 is to make a big improvement in our results because we were not satisfied with our performance last year. We expect to have a truly competitive car so our drivers should be aiming to finish in the points regularly and challenging for the podium."

The team hopes that the TF108 will be a significant step forward after the disappointments of 2007. The lessons learned have been incorporated into the new design. The car has a longer wheelbase, a major aerodynamic upgrade, revised suspension and a new gearbox. Wind tunnel tests and simulations show the TF108 is a marked improvement on its predecessor and the team expects to move closer to its long-term aim of winning races and fighting for the World Championship.

"Of course, our ultimate target is the middle step of the podium - we are in Formula 1 to win and we want to do that soon," said Panasonic Toyota chairman Tadashi Yamashina. "Our clear target in 2008 is to make a big improvement in our results because we were not satisfied with our performance last year. We expect to have a truly competitive car so our drivers should be aiming to finish in the points regularly and challenging for the podium."

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