Toyota TF102

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Toyota TF102
Toyota F1 2002 Museum Sinsheim.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Toyota F1
Designer(s) Austria Gustav Brunner
Successor TF103
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Push rod with Torsion bar
Suspension (rear) Push rod with Torsion bar
Length 4,620 mm (181.9 in)[1]
Axle track 3,120 mm (122.8 in)
Wheelbase 1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Engine Toyota RVX-02
Transmission Six Gear, Semi-Automatic
Weight 600 kg (1,322.8 lb)
Fuel Esso
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Panasonic Toyota Racing
Notable drivers 24. Finland Mika Salo
25. United Kingdom Allan McNish
Debut 2002 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Toyota TF102 was the car with which the Toyota team competed in the 2002 Formula One season, the team's inaugural Championship campaign. The car reflected the results of a year's testing in 2001 with the TF101, and was designed primarily by Gustav Brunner and Dago Rohrer. As with the TF101, it was piloted during the season by Mika Salo and Allan McNish.

Development[edit]

Driver Allan McNish in a TF102 at the 2002 French Grand Prix.

The car had a much more conventional look in the aerodynamic sense than the test car did, something that was commented on by Brunner at its launch in November 2001: "The car tested during 2001 showed the results we wanted. This new model reflects the latest technology, and has a much more conventional setup than the test car."

The car sported a different paint livery than the one seen on the test car, with a more abstract red and white design taking over from the contoured lines of the previous model.

Performance[edit]

At the opening race of the 2002 season in Melbourne, Salo came home sixth to give the team a point on its Formula One début. The Finn added a second point two races later, in Brazil.

McNish, meanwhile, was on course for a point of his own in Malaysia, but a pit-lane mistake by the team meant he finished seventh. During qualifying for the final race of the season, at Suzuka, he wrote off a chassis completely when he crashed at the super-quick 130R corner, also tearing a hole in the Armco barrier. However, he sustained no serious injury, which paid testament to the safety of the TF102.

The two points put Toyota tenth in the Constructors' championship, behind Minardi on count-back (Mark Webber had finished fifth in Australia) but ahead of the financially troubled Arrows.

Team principal Ove Andersson had warned at the beginning of the season that it would be very much a "learning year" and overall the car's performance was received with optimism due to its sturdy reliability.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(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 17 Points WCC
2002 TF102
Toyota V10
M
AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 2 10th
Finland Mika Salo 6 12 6 Ret 9 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 15 7 11 14 8
United Kingdom Allan McNish Ret 7 Ret Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret 11 Ret 14 9 Ret 15 DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Panasonic Toyota F1 Spearheads Motor Sport Challenge" (PDF) (Press release). UK: Toyota. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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