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|Auto racing||Formula One|
|Automotive design||Mike Gascoyne|
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite Monocoque|
|Internal combustion engine|
|Notable entrants||Panasonic Toyota Racing|
|Notable drivers|| Ralf Schumacher|
|Debut||2005 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix|
The Toyota TF105/105B was a Formula One car for the 2005 Formula One season. It was designed by Mike Gascoyne. The year was statistically the team's most successful, with 88 points, five podium positions and a fastest lap. The low-point was the withdrawal of the team from the 2005 United States Grand Prix, due to Michelin tyre safety concerns, as Ralf Schumacher's left front tyre deinflated on Indianapolis' famous last corner in Friday practice and Schumacher crashed into the wall and had to be taken to hospital. Ricardo Zonta replaced him, but neither of the Toyotas started the race. The team eventually finished fourth in the Championship, their best ever Championship placing.
Work began on the design and manufacture of the TF105 shortly before the end of the 2004 Formula One season, as work had to be done on the engine to make sure that it would safely endure two race meetings, which was a requirement in the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile regulations for 2005. Many elements of the car were entirely new. The car's design was supervised by Technical Director Mike Gascoyne, and the chassis was designed by Gustav Brunner.
Toyota's form shocked many in the Formula One paddock, as the Toyota team claimed two second placed finishes in a row and 27 points in the first three races of the season. The car was driven to 88 points with the team, with 5 podium positions also being scored.
The introduction of the TF105B
The car was updated to the TF105B for he 2005 Japanese Grand Prix. It was unique as it ran without a keel, and the suspension was mounted higher on the car than the TF105. It seemed to particularly suit Ralf Schumacher, as on its first outing, Ralf took Pole position at Suzuka Circuit, helped by his knowledge of the track from his Formula Nippon days. The TF105B was led to points finishes twice by Ralf Schumacher, with 7 points in total being scored with the car, including a podium in the 2005 Chinese Grand Prix.
Indoor Speed Record
A TF105 set the previously nonexistent indoor speed record on an episode of Top Gear (current format) during the Top Gear (series 8). With the ExCeL Exhibition Centre empty, The Stig set a record of 81 mph, due to the lack of grip on the polished floor and the limited distance.
Complete 2005 Formula One results
|2005 Formula One season||Michelin||2005 Australian Grand Prix||2005 Malaysian Grand Prix||2005 Bahrain Grand Prix||2005 San Marino Grand Prix||2005 Spanish Grand Prix||2005 Monaco Grand Prix||2005 European Grand Prix||2005 Canadian Grand Prix||2005 United States Grand Prix||2005 French Grand Prix||2005 British Grand Prix||2005 German Grand Prix||2005 Hungarian Grand Prix||2005 Turkish Grand Prix||2005 Italian Grand Prix||2005 Belgian Grand Prix||2005 Brazilian Grand Prix||2005 Japanese Grand Prix||2005 Chinese Grand Prix||88||4th|