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. kaoru said on 5th January 2011, 23:30

    TF110 seems to generate the same amount of downforce or more than the race-winning cars in 2010 including the championship winner RB6 judged by information gathered from former TMG engineers having transferred to the other teams and TMG R&D service offering to F1 team clients after the withdraw, said TMG in japanese media.

    I’m afraid the car couldn’t run F1 even once due to financial problem of Stefan GP and HRT which were introduced to TMG from Mr.E. There are the other candidate that chinese investors group ha ve an interest in setting up an new team but he hesitates to introduce it to TMG because of twice breakdown.

    By the way, Kazuki Nakajima came home to japan and will race in Formula Nippon and SuperGT…

  2. Mike said on 6th January 2011, 2:07

    I think realistically, if Toyota had run this car, it’s fair to say it would have at least continued their average involvement in the sport. On the other hand, Had Stefan taken over, I doubt it would have gone any better than either a massive flop, or result in a story as hilarious as Andrea Moda.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 6th January 2011, 6:24

      Wow! Hadn’t read that, or ever seen the site I’m embarrassed to say. Thanks for the link, that’s quite an amusing read!

      • Mike (@mike) said on 6th January 2011, 12:31

        In came Roberto Moreno, who admirably for the love of the sport would drive a wheelie bin if it was offered to him

        My personal favourite line. I think him and HRT would go together well, to bad it’s past his time.

  3. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 6th January 2011, 2:20

    It was somehow sad to see that some team like HRT & Virgin racing turned out into the 2010 grid out of no where & then the FIA didn’t granted the slot for Stefan GP who were really the Toyota outfit.They may not have been the best car on the grid but still they would have performed much better then the three new teams.

    • Mike said on 6th January 2011, 4:13

      How exactly where they Toyota? They had no funding, no resources, no experienced personnel apart from mr spy gate, and only two chassis with no way to replacing one if it got damaged.

  4. Stephen Jones (@aus_steve) said on 6th January 2011, 2:43

    is it for sale? or has pirelli bought it?

    and damn, they actually looked like they would have been fast

  5. why not allow them to race? they are clearly able too. the more the merrier i say, what is the point in not allowing a 13th team? i just don’t see it at all.

    makes you sick sometimes this sport! (overreaction)

  6. It could have been the class of the field or it could have been a flop. No real way of knowing now.

    Certainly looks the part, especially when compared to any of the other new teams cars.

  7. Can they not get a cupple of sets of brigstone f1 tires now the fia cant stop them since they ended there contract get klien or chandhok or someone in it put it roud silverstone on a track day see how it would have peformed against the 2010 lot????

  8. STRFerrari4Ever said on 10th January 2011, 17:34

    That car would’ve been quite something. A real shame that it never got to battle it out with the RB6, F10, MP4/25, R30 & the W01.

  9. I read in F1racing once that it could’ve been a championship contender as Toyota had allegedly corrected any mistakes on the TF109. Note that the person that said this was a former member of the team but it still looks like we’ll never know whether or not he was exaggerating.

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