Toyota TF107

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Toyota TF107
Category Formula One
Constructor Toyota F1
Designer(s) Pascal Vasselon
Luca Marmorini
Technical Specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Zero-keel Double wishbone, push-rod activated inboard spring/damper.
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone suspension Independent suspension,springs
Engine Toyota RVX-07 2400cc V8, naturally aspirated, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Toyota/WilliamsF1 collaboration 7-speed "Seamless shift"
Fuel Esso
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition History
Notable entrants Panasonic Toyota Racing
Notable drivers 11. Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher
12. Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli
Debut 2007 Australian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Poles     FLs   
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Toyota TF107 is the car with the Toyota team competed in the 2007 Formula One season.

Aerodynamics[edit | edit source]

The main changes in comparison to its predecessor, the TF106B are aerodynamic.[1] The position of the engine has been moved forward by 100 mm, meaning that the chassis tub is shorter. This has been achieved by reshaping the monocoque, and has not incurred a reduction in size of the fuel tank.[2]

The area below the nose of the car is clear of intrusion from suspension components due to the "zero keel" design. In fact at the front of the car, the monocoque is 30mm higher than on the TF106B, which has resulted in dramatically sloped suspension wishbones. Although this approach compromises the front suspension geometry possibilities, the Toyota engineers came to the conclusion that this was not a problem.[1]

Engine and gearbox[edit | edit source]

Jarno Trulli driving the TF107 at the 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Ralf Schumacher at the 2007 British GP.

Owing to the new homologation rules on engines imposed by the FIA, the engine (called the RVX-07) is based on that used by Jarno Trulli in the 2006 Japanese and Brazilian Grand Prix. Only limited changes from this design have been allowed, in order to optimise performance for the 19000 rpm rev limit which will be enforced in 2007. Several changes have been made to the pistons and valves and other components, although the engine block may not be changed.[1]

In 2007, the WilliamsF1 team are using Toyota engines as a customer team. As part of this partnership, Toyota use a new gearbox developed in collaboration with Williams, which uses seamless shift technology. Only the gearbox internals are shared with the Williams' 2007 car, the FW29, the TF107's gearbox casing being made by Toyota.[1]

Complete Formula One results[edit | edit source]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
Ralf Schumacher 8 15 12 Ret 16 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 12 15 10 Ret Ret 11
Jarno Trulli 9 7 7 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 16 11 11 13 13 8

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Winning Is Everything", Toyota TF107 launch article, Autosport magazine, 18th January 2007
  2. Article on TF107article