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    Toyota launches TF109

    Post by Ross on 15th January 2009, 06:59



    Source: ITV F1

    Toyota has become the second team to present its radically different 2009 car, the TF109, which the team hopes will finally deliver its maiden Formula 1 victory.


    The Cologne-based squad opted to shun a traditional launch ceremony in the spirit of F1’s cost-cutting drive in favour of a fully online launch on Thursday morning, with its latest challenger unveiled during a movie-style sequence.


    The Cologne-based squad will be aiming to build on the progress it made last year when it shrugged off two disappointing campaigns to finish fifth in the constructors’ championship.


    Indeed Toyota’s team principal Tadashi Yamashina made it clear it is going into 2009 with the specific goal of claiming its first win in its eighth season.


    “Our target this year is to fight to win the first race for Toyota in Formula 1,” said Yamashina.


    After admitting it had fallen well short of expectations between 2006-2007, the Japanese manufacturer squad opted to go in a new direction with its design philosophy on last year’s TF108 in a bid to kick-start its stalled F1 progress.


    And after achieveing that target in 2008, along with two podium finishes, team president John Howett says now it must build on its strengths, while addressing the weaknesses that remain, to finally become a serious F1 force.


    “After eight years in Formula 1 we have gained a huge amount of knowledge and improved considerably,” he said.


    “There are many elements of our team which are at the very highest level so the challenge now is to fill any gaps and ensure the entire organisation is performing at the very top.


    “Then we must put all the elements together and deliver the success we are all fighting so hard for.”


    Toyota’s progress last year was aided by impressive performances from both Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, with the pair and reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi all retained for 2009.


    Yamashina says it is now up to the team to provide its driver duo with a front-running car to reflect their respective talents.


    “In my opinion Toyota has one of the best driver line-ups in Formula 1 and I am excited to see what they can do with the TF109,” he said.


    “Both drivers proved last season that if we give them a competitive car they are capable of fighting with the best in the world, so our challenge this year is to deliver a car which will allow them to do this more often.”


    As with the first 2009-style car to be unveiled by Ferrari on Monday, the TF109 features the distinctive new-look elements – notably a wider and lower front, and taller and narrower rear, wing – to conform to the sport’s overhauled technical framework.


    Toyota’s chassis boss Pascal Vasselon admits the design and development of the 2009 car had been more challenging than that for any of its previous models.


    “This complete programme has been more demanding on our company than any previous new car project I have been involved in,” he said.


    The TF109's rear wing is now taller and slimmer to comply to 2009 regulations


    Aerial view of Toyota's TF109, which they hope will bring them their first win in 2009


    Trulli and Glock will be hungry for success in 2009


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    Re: Toyota launches TF109

    Post by Ross on 15th January 2009, 11:01

    Bump


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    Re: Toyota launches TF109

    Post by in.s@ne on 15th January 2009, 18:56

    Could whoever that is in the middle be photoshopped in any more do you reckon?
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    Re: Toyota launches TF109

    Post by Ross on 16th January 2009, 02:55

    Yeah that's what I thought LOL


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