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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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!

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

    Just looks so much like a Ferrari.

  6. US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 5th January 2011, 18:04

    It’s a shame the car was never raced, but it would’ve only made sense if Toyota had stayed. Stefan GP had no business being on the grid, from all reports. It also would’ve been confusing seeing bright red cars that were not Ferrari on the grid. I’m by no means a Ferrari fan, but I have massive respect for the team and its history, and if I were fielding a team in F1 bright red is the last color I would think of painting my car. It could be acceptable for another Italian team (as it’s their national racing color as has been pointed out), but for anyone else it’s just kind of silly.

  7. QuadQuantum (@quadquantum) said on 5th January 2011, 18:35

    The team that never was. I felt bad for Toyota as this is really their car, and it would have been good for the sport to have kept a powerful outfit like them involved, even if it was as new privateer team.

    If BAR Honda can end up as Mercedes, its a shame that Toyota couldn’t have a second chance as Stefan GP. The FIA only stopped them because of Mosleys comments about ‘Serbian vultures’ when US F1 announced they were pulling out. I would love to have seen them race

    • Burnout said on 5th January 2011, 20:11

      Look at Red Andy’s comments above. The Stefanovic operation seems to be a lot of smoke and mirrors, like USF1. And we all know how that turned out.

  8. The naked photo reveals something I had not noticed on recent GP cars: just how much surface area they are able to give the radiators.

    I had no idea they were situated in such a way as to give them that much space.

  9. Has everyone who are saying it’s a shame this never raced forgetting just how rubbish the Toyota’s were as a factory team? What makes you think they would have been any better as a customer supplier? I for one was glad to see the back of them, they were an embarrassment to Toyota.

    • Adam Tate said on 6th January 2011, 9:31

      Toyota had potential they just didn’t know what to do with it. Melbourne 09, they started at the back of the grid and finished 3rd and 4th, a huge achievement. It was just overshadowed by the Brawn miracle. If Toyota could have kept up that momentum they would have definitely been a podium contender this past season at the least.

  10. Catalina (@catalina) said on 5th January 2011, 19:48

    It is just me or most of the current Ferrari model its inspired by Toyota ’09 car?

  11. bwells said on 5th January 2011, 20:59

    It would of been great to see these cars race for sure…. just to see if they were rubbish or not..
    looking at the pictures I can’t help but wonder if those slits in the air intake were to feed air to the “Super Diffuser”… it looks like there’s a tunnel following the intake down that way… and the nose is so thin at the tip… they definitely had the Red Bull bumps… :)

  12. Looks like the theme is that its a shame that it never raced. I would have liked stefan gp to race. Although it would have been wierd having a new team doing so well. To me brawn wasn’t he same as it was pretty much the same team with a different name.

  13. Pat Zepeda said on 5th January 2011, 22:02

    The side view reminds me of the sauber c30

  14. Pat Zepeda said on 5th January 2011, 22:04

    Sauber c29* my bad

  15. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th January 2011, 22:12

    It looks like Stefan actually could have been pretty serious about what they were doing.

    Of course, whatever potential they had would have been squandered by their Nakajima-Villeneuve driver lineup.

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