|Predecessor||TF101 (never raced)|
|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)|
|Axle track||3,120 mm (122.8 in)|
|Wheelbase||1,450 mm (57.1 in)|
|Transmission||Six Gear, Semi-Automatic|
|Weight||600 kg (1,322.8 lb)|
|Notable entrants||Panasonic Toyota Racing|
|Notable drivers||24. Mika Salo|
25. Allan McNish
|Debut||2002 Australian Grand Prix|
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.
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.
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.
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
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
- "Panasonic Toyota F1 Spearheads Motor Sport Challenge" (PDF) (Press release). UK: Toyota. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2013-09-28.