The missing 2010 F1 car: Stefan GP’s Toyota TF110

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Toyota TF110 in Stefan GP colours

These pictures show the Toyota TF110 chassis in the colours Stefan GP hoped to race it in 2010.

Stefan GP planned to take the place of US F1 after the team pulled out shortly before the season began. However the FIA did not grant them permission to compete.

Two TF110 chassis were built but not raced by Toyota as they pulled out at the end of 2010.

This car, TF110-01, was eventually driven by Toyota-backed driver Kazuki Nakajima in a private test session last year.

The car is pictured in its ‘testing specification’. A race upgrade package was also planned which included an exhaust-blown diffuser as several teams ran in 2010.

It also featured alterations to the front and rear wings. The team did not have an F-duct for the car, although according to Toyota “we had done plenty of work on rear-wing stalling”.

A second chassis, which remained in black, has not turned a wheel.

Stefan GP applied for the 13th grid slot again in 2011 but no team was awarded the place.

Here are a few technical details on the car:

Engine: Toyota RVX-10, 2.4-litre 90-degree V8. Limited to 18,000 rpm, produces “over 700 bhp”.
Transmission: Toyota seven-speed unit plus reverse with a Toyota-designed main case.
Dampers: ?hlins
Wheels: BBS forged magnesium
Electronics: Toyota / Magneti Marelli / McLaren Electronic Systems

Weight: 620 kg including driver
Overall length: 5050 mm
Overall height: 950 mm
Overall width: 1800 mm
Wheelbase: 3300 mm

Here are the pictures of the Toyota TF110 in Stefan GP colours:

Stefan GP

Image ?? Toyota Motorsport Gmbh

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118 comments on The missing 2010 F1 car: Stefan GP’s Toyota TF110

  1. Burnout (@burnout) said on 5th January 2011, 13:19

    What engine were Stefan planning to use if they were granted an entry? Ferrari?

    There’s just no way to make a sharkfin look good, is there? Not even with naked carbon fibre.

    • newnhamlea1 (@newnhamlea1) said on 5th January 2011, 13:22

      They were planning on using toyota engines, there are about 20 of them still sat in a warehouse somewhere.

    • wheres the sharkfin on the naked carbon the whole engine cover is removed???

    • The Sri Lankan said on 10th January 2011, 9:38

      makes me sad to look at this thing…I Still dont understand why Toyota ditched 2010 when they had a car regardless of its competitiveness. and im convinced that at that stage in time they could-have manged nascar and F1given TOYOTA’s sheer budget

  2. welshf1 said on 5th January 2011, 13:20

    Wow, its a Ferrari! Decent looking car, personally, i think a shame they never got a chance.

    • miguelF1O (@) said on 5th January 2011, 22:54

      its similar not just because of the colour the suspension reminds me of the 2009 mclaren the nose and wings ferrari the rear wing is really a toyota 2009 innovation it looked well sahped for pre season anyway toyota always said that they were going to win and in the end they didnt mainly i heard cause of the engine

  3. Leftie (@leftie) said on 5th January 2011, 13:21

    It’s a shame that this beauty never raced isn’t it

  4. It’s a shame! I don’t care what it looked like, just would’ve been brilliant to have a few more cars on the grid!

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 5th January 2011, 14:17

      A few more competitive cars even.

      • Huge shame that they didn’t compete!

      • Adam Tate said on 5th January 2011, 21:12

        Exactly, Patrickl! I think had this been allowed to race it would have greatly troubled Renault and Mercedes and maybe even the top 3. Toyota had a good car in 09 and this looks like a step forward over that for sure. Looking back we’ve all heralded 2010 as one of the closest seasons ever, but just think what Glock and Trulli could have done if they could have driven this beauty around instead of being stuck at the back of the grid in the new teams. Thanks FIA.

        • PT (@pt) said on 11th January 2011, 6:52

          Adam Tate,

          Yeah, thanks FIA indeed for making things more boring for fans. Had Setfan GP been given preference over the HRT outfit we’d have had a more comptitive entry that, as many of you have suggested, would have been right up there at least amongst the mid pack.

          It seems Toyota Motorsport is just destined to stay out of F1. The deal with HRT never materialized for 2011, and it seems these beautiful cars will just lie in the garages and give opportunities for photoshoots and articles on what might have been.

          It seems that apart from a few European auto majors, no multinational auto company is truly passionate about F1. It’s just unbelievable how someone can see such a great car lying wasted without racing. It should be so demoralizing for the team that worked hard to get it done on time.

          But that’s what multinational car companies are. Unemotional, self seeking but with truckloads of green to spend on nature exploration and water conservation (the Toyota-sposored programmes on National Geographic). In other words:

          Multinational auto corporations + FIA = no racing.

          FOTA + F1 fans = some racing

          F1 – Ecclestone = ultimate racing

          These are the basic priniciples behind UMOR – Ultimate Motor Racing, my dream to see F1 truly develop into. I’ll reveal more ideas about this in future comments or perhaps some blog posts. In the mean time, I invite Keith and all of you to imagine what true motor racing should be. Can the concept of true racing we have in our minds be made a reality?

  5. zecks said on 5th January 2011, 13:22

    bets on whether this car is faster than the HRT?

    • sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 5th January 2011, 13:25

      i’d bet it was faster than all 3 new teams comfortably!

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th January 2011, 13:51

        I think it could have been right there in the mix between the Renault and the Mercedes.

        • Agreed, I think maybe fighting Williams and Force India for 6th/7th/8th!

          • Fer 65 is spot on. Toyota always, ALWAYS, came out and said how competitive they were gong to be. Fact is, every single year they didn’t. And not just didn’t, but really sucked. Truly truly blew goats.

            This car would probably have been just another link in the chain, another disappointment by a car company which didn’t ‘get’ F1.

        • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 5th January 2011, 14:12

          From what Toyota were saying about the numbers in the wind tunnel, it would have done better than that as well.

          • Fer no.65 said on 5th January 2011, 16:29

            They’ve been saying that since they entered F1… I reckon It’d have done a lot worse than expected!!!

          • ru_bd said on 6th January 2011, 6:36

            all have to remember that Toyota was one of the expensive team during their tenure. and as they are a well establish team, so i think they should have beat comfortably all new teams and may be Williams and force india as well…….

        • Craig Woollard said on 6th January 2011, 0:45

          Nah, it would have been battling Lotuseseses and Toro Rossos all season long if you think realistically, it was never gonna be brilliant, c’mon, it’s a Toyota!

      • Todfod (@todfod) said on 5th January 2011, 13:53

        I agree. It would destroy the new teams with ease. Its a shame this car didn’t make it, and the HRT truck did.

        • Mike said on 6th January 2011, 5:14

          Why? Because Toyota quit and chose not to race? Or because the FIA realised what a sham the Stefen entry would have been?

          HRT deserves much more praise.

          • Todfod said on 6th January 2011, 6:20

            Nope. They would have done better because they had a team of f1 professionals who had worked on designing and developing the car since mid 2009. Unlike HRT, which actually outsourced its car design to Dallara, Toyota was working on improving the 2009 challenger.. which was the 4th to 5th fastest car on the grid last year. In terms of expertise, Toyota’s team was leaps and bounds ahead of HRT. I do not understand what HRT deserve praise for?

          • Mike (@mike) said on 6th January 2011, 12:22

            Because they aren’t just rolling over, despite knowing that things aren’t exactly going to get better any time soon.

            For sure that car would destroy HRT, But you gotta admire HRT for trying to survive.

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 5th January 2011, 14:52

      yes, it was probably as fast if not faster than mercedes were at the beginning of the season.

  6. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 5th January 2011, 13:24

    Paint job is almost like Ferrari, and the nose is pure RB6 copy. Pity we didn’t know how TF110 would have performed.

  7. D.M.N. (@) said on 5th January 2011, 13:25

    So, basically a Ferrari without any logos then?

  8. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 5th January 2011, 13:26

    Wow, what a Ferrari rip off. The unwritten rule of F1 is that no-one paints their cars all red other than Ferrari

  9. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 5th January 2011, 13:30

    I remember F1 Racing did a feature on it and “allegedly” the numbers all indicated it was a front-runner, on a par with Red Bull. Then again, I seem to remember hearing a story that the 2009 McLaren MP4-DOG apparently surpassed the designer’s expectations and it was a grim beast indeed…

  10. Calum said on 5th January 2011, 13:35

    The 1998 Winfield sponsored Williams cars were red.

    As for the Toyota F1 2010 – I wonder, no one will ever know but they spent high and developed early so it would have surely done as well if nit better than the Toyota 2009. I’m disappointed they didn’t gamble and compete in 2010 given they already had a car – it could have turned out well and they could have pulled out on a high!

    • topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 5th January 2011, 15:45

      Especially given how the Honda turned out… :)

    • Adam Tate said on 5th January 2011, 21:16

      Too true Calum, but the problem is that Toyota is seemingly run by a bunch of pansies and morons. I’m sure someone within the organization was crying out, to let this amazing machine race, but was silenced by the lifeless corporate machine. Pity.

  11. Marc Connell said on 5th January 2011, 13:35

    if it was based on the Toyota, i think it would of been up there with torro rosso and force india!

  12. Marc Connell said on 5th January 2011, 13:37

    also look at there workshop. Looks very good! yes its small but it looks well sorted out.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 5th January 2011, 13:55

      Yep, that is what Toyota Motorsport now sell (it is their Cologne facility). They have the ideas AND the capacity, just no paying customer to fill these workshops up.

  13. Maybe if they didn’t paint thier car red, they would have been able to race?!

  14. sato113 (@sato113) said on 5th January 2011, 14:55

    notice they haven’t released photos showing the diffuser… must have been good!

  15. Deurmat said on 5th January 2011, 15:09

    Virgin killer ;)

  16. JustAnF1Fanatic (@justanf1fanatic) said on 5th January 2011, 15:23

    The biggest mistake F1 made recently was not letting this team race. It even made me angry when Bernie had a go at the new teams when this new team were well funded and had a presumably competitive car.

    • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 5th January 2011, 15:41

      They were not well funded or in any way competent. Virtually everything Zoran Stefanovic said about himself or his organisation was revealed to be a lie. For example, the container of “parts” they sent to Bahrain actually only contained office equipment. The second chassis was not assembled at the beginning of the season and there is no evidence that Stefan GP had the expertise to put it together. And the aerospace firms Stefanovic claimed to have worked with had never heard of him or his company.

      Furthermore, the team employed Mike Coughlan, who was at the time banned from F1 after his involvement in Spygate.

      In short, this is a “team” that was quite rightly never let near the paddock.

      • JustAnF1Fanatic (@justanf1fanatic) said on 5th January 2011, 17:50

        Oh, never knew that about the lies, and the office equipment is kinda funny lol.

        • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 5th January 2011, 20:22

          Yeah, lots of people heard Stefan GP loudly talking up their chances, but the investigative work that revealed them to be a bunch of frauds (I believe Will Buxton did some of it, among others) was never as highly publicised. So lots of people believed Stefan’s claim to be a legitimate outfit and hence wondered why they had been denied entry by the FIA. As it turns out, they were perfectly right to do so.

  17. JCCJCC (@jccjcc) said on 5th January 2011, 15:28

    Some people said Stefan with this car could have done the same thing that Brawn did the previous year.

    • Aetost said on 5th January 2011, 17:31

      With Nakajima and Villeneuve behind the wheel, they would have had trouble getting into the points even if the car was up to the job. And it’s unfair to compare a successful F1 veteran like Brawn (that actually spend a year preparing for the ’09 campaign) with some nobodies trying to make a quick buck off TTE’s corpse.

  18. Sparky said on 5th January 2011, 16:41

    I read that HRT are fielding an upgraded version of their 2010 car. I take it that means they will be modifying the existing cars. Why oh why haven’t they tried to get hold of these cars instead…

  19. Alex Blundell said on 5th January 2011, 17:38

    Hrt did apparently sign a deal with Toyota to use the cars for 2011 but later terminated the deal when money from sponsors wasn’t forthcoming!

    I think it’s such a shame that Toyota pulled out when they did, they have one of the top factories, 2 nearly completed cars a huge workforce and a bunch of engines. Despite having record loses in 2009 you would think that they would have maybe done a Renault and just sold a large stake to either an investor or brought in a title sponsor as mclaren already have with vodaphone!

  20. Faraz said on 5th January 2011, 17:50

    Just looks so much like a Ferrari.

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