Toyota TF107

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Toyota TF107
Jarno Trulli 2007 USA (cropped).jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Toyota F1
Designer(s) Pascal Vasselon
Luca Marmorini
Predecessor TF106
Successor TF108
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. Germany Ralf Schumacher
12. Italy Jarno Trulli
Debut 2007 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

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

Aerodynamics[edit]

Kamui Kobayashi driving a TF107 at Goodwood in 2008

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

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

Engine and gearbox[edit]

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) was based on that used by Jarno Trulli in the 2006 Japanese and Brazilian Grands Prix. Only limited changes from this design were allowed, in order to optimise performance for the 19000 rpm rev limit which was enforced in 2007. Several changes were made to the pistons and valves and other components, although the engine block could not be changed.[1]

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

Performance[edit]

The car was less successful than the previous year's TF106, which managed 35 points in the season. The TF107's 13 points were amassed with seven points scoring finishes, including two 6th places, one for Jarno Trulli at the 2007 United States Grand Prix and one for Ralf Schumacher in Hungary. Trulli scored points on three other occasions, with Schumacher finishing in the points in two other races. By the end of the season, the team embarrassingly scored less points than WilliamsF1 who have the same engine as them in the Constructors' Championship. Ralf Schumacher chose to retire from F1 in favour of DTM with Mercedes. He was replaced by fellow German driver Timo Glock for the 2008 season.

The car's best qualifying position was in the hands of Ralf Schumacher, who took 5th place in Hungary. It made the top ten 20 times out of a possible 34.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(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
2007 Toyota Toyota V8 B AUS MAL BHR ESP MON CAN USA FRA GBR EUR HUN TUR ITA BEL JPN CHN BRA 13 6th
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Winning Is Everything", Toyota TF107 launch article, Autosport magazine, 18 January 2007
  2. ^ f1technical.net Article on TF107 article

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