Toyota TF103

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Toyota TF103
Category Formula One
Constructor Toyota F1
Designer(s) Flag of Austria Gustav Brunner
Technical Specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Push rod with Torsion bar
Suspension (rear) Push rod with Torsion bar
Engine Toyota RVX-03
Transmission Six Gear, Semi-Automatic
Fuel Esso
Tyres Michelin
Competition History
Notable entrants Panasonic Toyota Racing
Notable drivers Flag of France Olivier Panis
Flag of Brazil Cristiano da Matta
Debut 2003 Australian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Poles     FLs   
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Toyota TF103 Steering wheel

The Toyota TF103 was the Gustav Brunner designed machine with which the Toyota F1 team competed in the 2003 Formula One season. Unveiled on January 8th 2003 at the Paul Ricard circuit, its drivers were the Frenchman Olivier Panis and Brazilian Cristiano da Matta, the reigning CART FedEx Championship Series Champion from 2002.

Development

The TF103 was quite a conservative design, by the team's admission it was more of a 'logical evolution' from its predecessor the TF102. Lighter and with more downforce, the car was a joint effort between Gustav Brunner's design team and Keizo Takahashi, chief of Technical co-ordination.

The biggest improvement over the TF102 came with the engine, the RVX-03 had been tested for the first time in September 2002 and offered the team benefits twofold over the RVX-02; it was lighter, and provided more power. The engine was the brainchild of Italian designer Luca Marmorini.

Performance

The TF103 stepped up a level in terms of performance too, with the car scoring a total of sixteen points between its drivers, da Matta outscoring Panis 10-6. Perhaps the most notable race involving the TF103 was at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix when both cars ran 1-2 for a time admist the confusion brought about by a track invader on the 11th lap.

In the constructors standings, Toyota finished in eighth, still some way off the performance their massive budget should have allowed, but equally too, it was a notable improvement on their 2002 finish.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis/Engine
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
2003 TF103
Toyota V10
M
AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 16 8th
Flag of France Panis Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10
Flag of Brazil da Matta Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7

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