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2009 Toyota TF109

THE MAKING OF TF109

2009 Toyota TF109
TF109 – or Toyota Formula 1 2009 to give it its full name – is hot property. The first images revealed a stunning production which combines the latest technology with a very human passion to succeed. This potent combination has been working on TF109 since October 2007.2009 Toyota TF109
In a departure from recent Panasonic Toyota Racing productions, TF109 takes on a new shape, dictated by the FIA, with wider front wings, narrower rear wings and fewer additional aerodynamic devices the fashion for 2009.

2009 Toyota TF109
The script may be different but Panasonic Toyota Racing has set its usual high targets for TF109. Chairman and Team Principal Tadashi Yamashina states: 'Our target this year is to fight to win the first race for Toyota in Formula 1.'


2009 Toyota TF109
TF109 is the sequel to the successful TF108, which once again established Panasonic Toyota Racing as a major player. TF108's roll of honour included two podiums, one front row start and, with 56, more points than in 2006 (35pts) and 2007 (13pts) combined. A Toyota was in the top 10 on the starting grid for 14 of the 18 Grands Prix, finishing in the points 12 times, with nine top-six finishes.

2009 Toyota TF109
President John Howett says: 'After eight years in Formula 1 we have gained a huge amount of knowledge and improved considerably. 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.'


Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were the critically-acclaimed co-stars of TF108 and their on-track chemistry will reach new heights in TF109, once again supported by Kamui Kobayashi playing 'Third Driver'.

Tadashi Yamashina comments: '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. 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.'

For Jarno, this is his fifth full year starring with Panasonic Toyota Racing. He brings maturity and heartfelt passion to his role while co-star Timo (title winner for GP2 Series in 2007) builds on the natural talent he showed in TF108, the first leading role of his career, to give a polished performance which is the perfect compliment.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 740 hp


7-speed Manual
Jarno, 34, says: 'I have now spent longer racing for Toyota in Formula 1 than any other driver and I have seen the huge progress that has been made since I joined in 2004. It has been a long journey and we have had ups and downs but we have never given up or lost faith.'


Timo is a relative newcomer to the role of Formula 1 leading actor, with just 22 Grands Prix on his resume, but his adaptability and quick thinking make him the perfect candidate to tackle TF109's technical challenge.

Timo, 26, says: 'If you look back at the cars I have been racing for the last five years they have all been quite different, with the 2004 Jordan, then Champ Car, GP2 and the Toyota TF108, and I have been competitive in each of them. That shows how quickly I can adapt to a different car so I don't have any concerns at all about adjusting to the 2009-style Formula 1 cars.'

Behind the scenes, those technical challenges required a painstaking approach from the production team. Action is the buzz word for this season so downforce is reduced and the potential for on-track cliff-hangers is the talk of the paddock. The most striking differences are changes to the front and rear wings. At 1800mm, front wings are wider and 75mm lower while rear wings are 75% narrower at 750mm.

Senior General Manager Chassis Pascal Vasselon says: 'This complete programme has been more demanding on our company than any previous new car project I have been involved in.'

An old favourite makes a comeback for 2009 with Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres ending a 12-year sabbatical to do their bit to spice up the show, bringing mechanical, rather than aerodynamic, sticking power.

As well as the subtle contribution of aerodynamics and star power of slick tyres, production of TF109 also focused on the commanding performance of Formula 1 engines, which must now work 50% harder. That means at least three Grands Prix, while Jarno and Timo have only eight engines each to co-star with from Australia to Abu Dhabi.

TF109 Livery Design Concept
The TF109 went into make-up towards the end of 2008 and a young Japanese designer was given the task of making sure Panasonic Toyota Racing's latest star is as impressive to the eye as we hope it is on the track.

Atsushi Narita, a 25-year-old designer for Toyota Motor Corporation, created the concept and made the final touches so when the TF109 steps into the spotlight, it looks the part.

The organic, natural curves which make up the brushstrokes on the TF109 are striking, portraying an image of strength and unity. This bold splash of red emphasises a fighting spirit and a one-team mentality while the edgy, uneven fine detail of the brushstroke is inspired by Japanese brush pen drawings, which reflect confidence and human emotion.

Source - Toyota

Toyota Motorsport GmbH and RE/MAX Europe Confirm Partnership

Toyota Motorsport GmbH is today proud to announce a significant new partnership with RE/MAX Europe, the provider of real estate services in 38 European countries.

The three-year contract makes RE/MAX Europe the ‘Exclusive Real Estate Partner' of Panasonic Toyota Racing and the RE/MAX logo will appear on the drivers' overalls, pit crew helmets, pit gantry and other team branding platforms.

RE/MAX branding made its first official appearance with Panasonic Toyota Racing during the online launch of the team's new Formula 1 car, the TF109, on www.tf109-premiere.com today.


2009 Toyota TF109Today's news strengthens Panasonic Toyota Racing's partner profile further following the acquisition of Chiemsee for 2009 and the contract extension of Panasonic.

Tadashi Yamashina, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, said: 'I am very pleased to welcome RE/MAX Europe to our team as our Exclusive Real Estate Partner. It is an honour to have the support of a brand of the calibre of RE/MAX Europe and we will work hard to succeed on and off the track with them. Everyone knows the global economic situation so it is particularly satisfying at this time to be adding another prominent partner to our growing portfolio.'


Chuck Lemire, Chief Operating Officer of RE/MAX Europe, added: 'It is fitting for RE/MAX Europe to be associated with such a superior sport as Formula 1. As does Toyota Motorsport, we at RE/MAX Europe have a passion for quality, innovation and service. Our agents in 38 European countries strive for excellence every single day. We are excited to team up with Toyota Motorsport and we firmly believe this is the right partnership to increase the awareness that RE/MAX is the best choice for your real estate needs.'

Source - Toyota

Panasonic Toyota Racing starts 2009 with world premiere

Panasonic Toyota Racing officially began the 2009 Formula 1 season in cyberspace today with the world premiere of the team's latest car, the TF109.

The team's eighth season in Formula 1 sees major rule changes so the TF109, revealed exclusively on www.tf109-premiere.com, looked considerably different to its predecessor, featuring wider front wings and narrower rear wings among other modifications.

Today's world premiere completed an exhaustive development process which began in October 2007, when the 2009 regulations were confirmed. The TF109 begins pre-season testing on 19 January at Algarve Motor Park in Portugal.


2009 Toyota TF109Despite the TF109's fundamentally different appearance, Panasonic Toyota Racing's ambitious goals remain, as Chairman and Team Principal Tadashi Yamashina states: 'Our target this year is to fight to win the first race for Toyota in Formula 1.'

The significant progress shown in 2008, when the team hit its targets of returning to the podium and significantly increasing its points total, has bred confidence.


Panasonic Toyota Racing achieved two podiums, one front row start and, with 56, scored more points than in 2006 (35pts) and 2007 (13pts) combined. A Toyota was in the top 10 on the starting grid for 14 of the 18 Grands Prix, finishing in the points 12 times, with nine top-six finishes.

President John Howett says: 'We have gained a huge amount of knowledge and improved considerably. 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.'

The Driving Force

After consistent and competitive performances in 2008, Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will continue behind the wheel, joined again by third driver Kamui Kobayashi, who will also race in GP2 Asia and the GP2 Series.


Tadashi Yamashina comments: '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. 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.'

2009 Toyota TF109Jarno is preparing for his fifth full season as a Panasonic Toyota Racing driver and his experience has proved invaluable in the team's development, while Timo's natural speed and enthusiasm are the perfect compliment.

Jarno, who has achieved four of the team's eight podiums so far, is entering his 13th season in Formula 1 and his legendary passion for motorsport remains undimmed.

'I still have plenty I want to achieve in Formula 1 but my dream now is to win the first race for Toyota,' the 34-year-old Italian says. 'I have now spent longer racing for Toyota in Formula 1 than any other driver and I have seen the huge progress that has been made since I joined in 2004. It has been a long journey and we have had ups and downs but we have never given up or lost faith. It was fantastic to be back on the podium last year, as well as leading several races, and my target is to enjoy more of those moments.'

Timo broke into the top 10 in the Drivers' Championship in his first full season of Formula 1 racing in 2008, quickly adapting to his new team and equalling the team's best-ever result by finishing second in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Despite being only 22 Grands Prix into his career, Timo has shown maturity and excellent technical feedback, leaving him confident of thriving in Formula 1's new era of lower downforce, slick tyres and adjustable front wings.

2009 Toyota TF109The 26-year-old German says: 'If you look back at the cars I have been racing for the last five years they have all been quite different, with the 2004 Jordan, then Champ Car, GP2 and the Toyota TF108, and I have been competitive in each of them. That shows how quickly I can adapt to a different car so I don't have any concerns at all about adjusting to the 2009-style Formula 1 cars. I am sure the other drivers will adapt quickly as well but I certainly expect to hit the ground running.'

For Toyota Young Drivers Programme star Kamui, this is his second season with the team and he will continue his motorsport education by fighting for wins in the GP2 Series while also helping Panasonic Toyota Racing tackle the new regulations.

'I'm really pleased to be continuing with the team and I'm looking forward to the challenge of developing the TF109,' said the 22-year-old Japanese. 'It will be another busy season for me with GP2 and F1 development but I am young and I love driving racing cars so it's no problem. I will fight all the way this year, never giving up and always giving everything I can.'

The Shape of Things to Come
The new chassis regulations facing Jarno, Timo and Kamui are motivated by three factors: to make overtaking easier; to limit the continual increase in average speeds and to make the cars' appearance cleaner.

The visual differences are significant, particularly the front and rear wings. At 1800mm, front wings are wider and 75mm lower while rear wings are 75% narrower at 750mm. As well as reducing downforce and speeds, these changes aim to increase a driver's chance to overtake the car in front.

Such a transition gave Panasonic Toyota Racing engineers a clean sheet of paper for the TF109 design, with relatively few concepts carried over from previous cars. Úsing proven Toyota Way principles, the challenge has been addressed methodically and enthusiastically.

Senior General Manager Chassis Pascal Vasselon says: 'We have worked to the maximum of our capabilities as we always do but this time it had to be special because the rule changes were so big that we had to reconsider everything. So this complete programme has been more demanding on our company than any previous new car project I have been involved in.'

Another change this year sees the return of Bridgestone Potenza slick tyres after a 12-year absence, increasing grip levels and potentially making overtaking easier.

Pascal Vasselon explains: 'If you are following another car closely you lose a lot of aerodynamic performance and that makes it extraordinarily difficult to overtake. So to promote overtaking it is necessary to reduce the reliance on aerodynamic grip, because it is inconsistent, and that is where slick tyres come in, by increasing mechanical grip.'

Power Points
But it was not only the chassis department who had to adapt to new regulations, with significant modifications in engine rules for 2009 as well.

2009 Toyota TF109The engine department has a new look for 2009 following the departure of Senior General Manager Engine Luca Marmorini. Luca made a fantastic contribution to Toyota since the beginning of the Formula 1 project, including invaluable work on the RVX-09 engine and Kinetic Energy Recovery System projects, but he has chosen to leave the team.

Executive Vice President Yoshiaki Kinoshita continues to hold overall responsibility for both the chassis and the engine departments while Kazuo Takeuchi will become Senior General Manager Engine in addition to his role as Director Technical Coordination Engine.

Engine life has been extended from two to at least three Grand Prix weekends, excluding Friday practice, incorporating a limit of eight engines per driver during the racing season.

That measure not only saves cost, it also creates an additional challenge for the engine department, but the team's ambitious targets remain. Yoshiaki Kinoshita says: 'At Toyota, our approach is always to aim high and last season we achieved our target of 100% engine reliability; we had no race-ending issues. I want the team to have the chance to use the engine in the same aggressive way we did last season, with no compromise on performance or reliability.'

As part of this cost-saving measure, and to assist with reliability, engines will be limited to 18,000rpm; down by 1,000rpm on 2008.

Lean Machine
Cost-saving is high on the Formula 1 agenda and Panasonic Toyota Racing is committed to reducing expenditure while maintaining the sport as the pinnacle of motor racing.

The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) have agreed significant reductions for 2009, including a ban on in-season testing, wind tunnel restrictions and factory closures for six weeks a year.

'These are positive, decisive measures which will significantly reduce costs while retaining the DNA of Formula 1 and that was very important to Toyota,' says John Howett.

But ensuring value for investment does not stop there for Panasonic Toyota Racing, with increased efficiency and a thorough review of all costs providing direct savings at the factory.

John Howett adds: 'It is vitally important to have a detailed knowledge of what is driving costs, then you need to be able to prioritise the areas which bring value or performance. A lean company must have a culture of waste reduction and constant improvement.

'Happily, these are all factors which Toyota puts particular emphasis on, even in prosperous economic times, so I am confident we are in good shape.'

So, heading into a fascinating Formula 1 season, Panasonic Toyota Racing is completely committed to success on and off the track. The 2009 season starts with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 29 March, while the 17th and final race is the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1 November.

Source - Toyota

Drivers:
Germany Timo Glock
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Italy Jarno Trulli

Team
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing

2009 Season
Points: 60
Position: 5
Engine: Toyota RVX-09

2008 Entry: TF108
2007 Entry: TF107
2006 Entry: TF106
2005 Entry: TF105
2004 Entry: TF104
2003 Entry: TF103
2002 Entry: TF102

2009 Toyota Concepts

Concepts by Toyota

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