Ex-Toyota F1 staff reveal 2010's car was shaping up to be a title contender

Toyota could have been fighting for the Formula One title this season, had it not pulled out of the sport at the end of 2009.

That is the view of Toyota F1's chassis guru Pascal Vasselon, who told German media that the T110 car the team had developed for 2010 had exceptionally high levels of downforce, as well as clever technologies, such as the blown diffuser, which only Red Bull had in place for the start of the season. Ex-Toyota racer Timo Glock made similar comments earlier this year having seen the data from early tests.

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Points are a measure of downforce used by Formula One teams to give it a quantitative unit; 30 points would add an extra 130kg downforce at 300kmh. Vasselon said, "When we stopped development, we had 20 to 30 points more downforce than the last version [T109].

“We had far exceeded our goals, for even the T109 was good enough for podiums. Many of our aerodynamics people have changed to other top teams and we know our downforce values were quite high.”

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Vasselon described the design as extreme, revealing the T110 would have had the highest nose on the grid, as it was the only way the blown diffuser would work perfectly.

It is believed that struggling Spanish team HRT is close to a deal to base its 2011 car on the T110. Jens Marquardt of Toyota Motorsport said, “We would convert the car to match the new rules, and also provide aerodynamic updates."

Alan Riddoch

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25 August 2010

could is such a big word besides they should spend more time and cash designing cars that may actually become exciting and sexy.

25 August 2010

Coulda, woulda, shoulda.

The car in front was never a Toyota.

25 August 2010

Should never have joined F1. Stick to what you know best, and are successful at, i;e Rallying.

Oh, and bring out a Celica 4WD Turbo.......

25 August 2010

I could have been a Billionaire..... I could have raced in F1 if I had more talent..... and so on.... Every year we heard excuses from Toyota F1 regarding this and that but they never made it! Just accept it and move on! If he was such a clever guy he would have been snapped up by another top team no?

25 August 2010

And if my auntie had balls she would have been my uncle. A team with such an abysmal record of under achievement is suddenly going to become world beaters, or do they think that they are Brawn GP, not a chance.

25 August 2010

Not forgetting that the engine probably wasn't the strongest either.

Well done to Toyota for trying F1. Better that they tried and failed than never tried at all!

25 August 2010

... and they could have won in Le Mans if it wasn`t those Michelin tires.

25 August 2010

A bit Rocky IV, what a silly statement to make, sour grapes me thinks!

Peter Cavellini.

25 August 2010

I think Toyota made the right decision to pull out of F1,it wasnt working out.Still,nothing ventured,nothing gained.

25 August 2010

Yes, Toyota, and Stirling Moss could have been F1 World Champion if he had a bit of talent. Really surprised such a great company mad such a crass statement.

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