November 28th 2005, 09:18 GMT
The Toyota team have surprisingly unveiled their car for the 2006 season, as Winter testing is set to kick off today at Barcelona.
admin ,toyota have even caught u offguard,u better quickly start a "2006 launches "thread
although the team admits that the 2006 title challenger that will be seen at baharain will be a modified version...still november is 2 months too early....
will try to find and post pics as quickly as possible.......
Toyota set to debut TF106 in Spain
Monday November 28 2005
Panasonic Toyota Racing will start their 2006 season preparations in Barcelona on Tuesday the 29th Noverber, at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Toyota traditionally launch their cars earlier than most teams in Formula One and have once again done it early. Toyota will reveal their 2006 race car with more than three months left before the first ’06 race date.
They obviously believe this will help them for next season.
"We have been working on the TF106 since the end of 2004, and the introduction of this car at such an early stage is a true testament to the work of the team and shows that we are able to react and push forward at a rate that is necessary to be at the forefront of Formula 1", said Toyota Technical Director Chassis, Mike Gascoyne.
"The TF106 that will run in Barcelona marks the first stage of development for this car with continuous improvements planned in the run-up to the first race. We are adopting a similar schedule to last season by testing the car early.”
“This allows us to develop the mechanical side of car thoroughly before we introduce a new aero package in time for the first race. This strategy helped us to be extremely competitive at the start 2005 and we are confident the same will happen in 2006."
"The front end of the TF106 is an evolution of our TF105B that raced in Japan and China, but the major design change for 2006 has been the implementation of the V8 engine in line with the new technical regulations, which has resulted in the redesign of the rear end," added Gascoyne.
Toyota had an impressive 2005 season with regard to the reliability of their engines. They had just one engine retirement this season. Gascoyne says their engine technicians have done an amazing job again and everyone at Toyota is motivated.
"Luca (Toyota’s Technical Director Engine)and his team have done an exceptional job, which has had a positive knock-on effect for the chassis department, a benefit enhanced by being based at the same factory, under the same roof. Having a pair of TF106s at our disposal for winter testing means that the development of our mechanical package will be significantly advanced."
Toyota Motorsport Chairman, Tsutomu Tomita, is also happy with the early development of a Toyota car and says the team are highly committed to succeeding in F1.
"Over the years Toyota has developed its own way of working,"
"The so-called Toyota Way and the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) manufacturing methodology act as the double helix of Toyota's corporate DNA.”
”It is this DNA that also runs through the veins of our Formula 1 team in Cologne. Only through our unique approach can we be optimistic of one day challenging for the world championship.”
“We are still at a very early stage of development with the TF106 but having our new car ready with three full months before the first race of the season in Bahrain, I hope we are demonstrating our will to succeed in F1."
The Toyota driving team has also been confirmed. Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher will be the two race drivers for Toyota next year. Ricardo Zonta will continue as the teams reserve driver with Olivier Panis will be the teams test driver.
Zonta has recently signed a one-year extension to his contract could have left the team and F1 had he wanted but chose to remain at the team.
"I am very pleased to have signed again with Panasonic Toyota Racing for the coming season," said Zonta.
"We enjoyed such a successful year in 2005 and I am sure this trend will continue.”
”I feel part of the family at Toyota and I would rather continue to offer them my services as third driver than become race driver in another series which I may not enjoy as much as Formula 1.”
”I feel that I have contributed significantly to Toyota's success and I look forward to extensive testing of the TF106 to help propel us into the top flight of Formula 1."
Edited by narain fan, 28 November 2005 - 10:41 AM.