Unraced Toyota TF110 with “extreme” diffuser driven by Kazuki Nakajima

The car Toyota would have raced in F1 this year has been driven by Kazuki Nakajima in Cologne.

The TF110 has been revealed and inspected by Racecar Engineering. and looks outwardly similar to the BMW Sauber C29 with a high, long nose.

Toyota’s 11th hour exit from Formula 1 at the end of 2009 means this car will never compete in F1.

Two examples of the TF110 were built despite the team’s decision at the end of last year not to contest the 2010 championship.

According to the magazine the design features “one of the most extreme diffusers seen yet” and a ride height adjustment system.

Who knows how competitive the TF110 would have been. It’s doubtful that, even if another team acquired the intellectual property rights to use the car in 2011, it could be suitably modified to be competitive following further changes to F1’s technical regulations.

The manner in which Toyota exited the sport within days of the 2009 season ending is a reminder of how close the former Honda team came to disappearing 12 months earlier.

As Ross Brawn explained afterwards, the company’s management hadn’t given any thought to passing the team on to another owner and had to be persuaded to accept Brawn’s management buy-out. It seems much the same happened at Toyota.

While BMW also, though with some difficulty, passed ownership of their team back to Peter Sauber, Toyota cut and run and there was no going back. Attempts by Zoran Stefanovich to use the cars to obtain an entry failed.

Recently former Toyota boss Tadashi Yamashina explained how the onset of the credit crunch hastened the team’s departure from Formula 1.

It’s a pity to see an F1 car, built at considerable expense, sat idle when it could be competing. Hopefully we’ll only have to wait until next year to see F1 get back to 26-car grids.

You can buy the new issue of Racecar Engineering from Zinio here.

Read more: Toyota quits F1 after eight winless years

The Toyota TF110 before its run

The Toyota TF110 before its run

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70 comments on Unraced Toyota TF110 with “extreme” diffuser driven by Kazuki Nakajima

  1. Hallard said on 21st May 2010, 18:24

    That thing does look pretty nice, especially in naked carbon fiber. A pretty radical nosecone too, especially compared to toyota’s previous designs which were all pretty conventional.

    • MigueLP said on 22nd May 2010, 1:48

      i dont agree toyota in 2005 07 08 09 showed a lot of new designs and new concept like for instances the 09 rear wing which was very close to the ground as drivers complained toyota engine was lacking power and with wear it only got worse

  2. Calum said on 21st May 2010, 18:28

    So it should have been another Brawn story! But i guess we’ll never know!

  3. Cube said on 21st May 2010, 18:35

    It could have been so much more than a show car….

    What a shame.. To be honest Toyota did build some good cars. Their 2009 car wasn’t a bad car. It scored multiple podiums & a pole position.

    This could have been such a good car… I wish we could see a video..

    Are there any more pictures Keith?

  4. Glenn said on 21st May 2010, 18:35

    Nice design. Looks like it has an air opening similar to Ferrari’s F-Duct location. Same looks like it would have been a competitive car.

    And had Stefan GP secured this car, they would have clearly been at the front of the new teams.

  5. Mike said on 21st May 2010, 18:47

    Somebody stick a Mercedes logo on it quick before it’s too late!

  6. Oli said on 21st May 2010, 18:51

    Stefan gp were going to use this car if they were allowed in. Mate they would have been quite compeitive

  7. Ned Flanders said on 21st May 2010, 18:54

    Strange. What’s in it for Toyota to give a magazine access to a car that will never race?

    Also Keith aren’t Toyota going to keep developing the car throughout 2010 and try again to sell it to a customer in 2011? I heard ART would be interested

    • Cube said on 21st May 2010, 18:55

      Toyota don’t own the car any more Ned. They sold the cars to StefanGP…

      • IDR said on 21st May 2010, 19:51

        Stefan GP has no money even for paying just the steering wheel.

      • Ned Flanders said on 21st May 2010, 21:01

        I’m pretty sure the cars still belong to Toyota. Stefan GP were only going to rent them, and when it emerged they bweren’t going to be on the grid this year Toyota took them back

        • BasCB said on 22nd May 2010, 9:50

          I think Toyota severed ties with Stefan GP after more detials of the non existence of a solid base for that team came to light, and the FIA would not let them race.

          The cars were never close to being shipped anywhere let alone raced by StepanGP. I suppose Toyota is now offering some work for HRT or for one of the teams taking the 13th grid spot.

  8. So much for the theory that Lotus effectively used the TF110 as their chassis then.

  9. Marc Connell said on 21st May 2010, 19:18

    i wanna see it up against current cars :( or at least go around a circuit.

  10. Glenn said on 21st May 2010, 19:22

    Looking at the pics, it begs to wonder why a team is not running with black carbon fiber body panels with sponser stickers in white. I’d say that would be the best looking car on track.

    • Horacio said on 21st May 2010, 23:10

      Exactly what I thought.
      I have no clue if this car would have been competitive (probably yes; better than HRT in any case…) but this baby certainly looks absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!

  11. StephenH said on 21st May 2010, 19:31

    If I were Hispania I’d ditch the Dallara and snap this beauty up pretty damn quick !!

    • UneedAFinn2Win said on 21st May 2010, 21:43

      They have no money to pay for development parts (or spares for that matter) for their Dallaras, where are they going to find money to switch chassis’s (chassises?, chassii?, chassi’s, chassi-i??

      • Calum said on 21st May 2010, 22:55

        Plural is chassis, just the same as the singlar, :)

        • Hare said on 23rd May 2010, 3:42

          I totally agree with you. Forger the Money, just hand the car over to HRT.. This has got to be the biggest heart break in F1, to see a car THAT good looking, and not raced..

          Forget about Dallara :)

  12. Icthyes said on 21st May 2010, 19:39

    Pretty nice. Who knows how well it would have done this year? No offence, but if it was driven by Glock & Trulli, I doubt it’d have been any more competitive than Mercedes are.

  13. Cacarella said on 21st May 2010, 19:55

    It looks like something that would take part in some sort of ‘Elitist’ racing series. I’m disappointed in Toyota for designing such a thing!

  14. theRoswellite said on 21st May 2010, 20:47

    …remember the Toyota karma….

    ..which means of course, that this car would have been a championship contender at the least. They abandoned ship just as it was coming in…(just never getting it right!)

    At least the two Japanese car giants, as far as F1 goes of late, are still joined at the hip, or is that the funny bone, probably not, as I hear no laughter coming from that corner of the world.

    Someone should ask King Adrian N. what he thinks.

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