Force India Formula 1 team to use Toyota windtunnel

The Force India Formula 1 team will use Toyota's windtunnel facilities for all its aerodynamic testing during the 2015 season and beyond

Force India Formula 1 team to use Toyota windtunnel

The Japanese manufacturer's windtunnel in Cologne is regarded as one of the best in Europe, and it has been used by several teams in recent years.

Ferrari used the facility while it worked on upgrading its own windtunnel.

Team boss Vijay Mallya labelled the move as one of the "most significant decisions" in Force India's history.

"The decision to use Toyota's facility in Cologne is indicative of our ambitions to continue as a competitive force in Formula 1," said Mallya.

"It's one of the most significant decisions in our history and gives us access to what is regarded as one of the finest windtunnels in the world.

"We have used the facility previously on an ad hoc basis and we are aware of the advantages of basing all our aerodynamic research in Cologne.

"It will strengthen our approach and give us a solid base to build upon for the years to come."

The decision to focus on the Toyota tunnel comes amid a rule change for 2015 that means F1 teams can only nominate one windtunnel.

Appendix 8 of the sporting regulations states: "Each team may nominate only one windtunnel for use in any one 12-month period. The first nomination must be made on or before 1 January 2015 and no re-nominations may be made for at least 12 months."

Force India said its own windtunnel facilities in Brackley will remain operational for external customers.

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