Toyota to Build Second Wind Tunnel

Toyota are to build a second half-scale wind tunnel at their Cologne factory in a bid to help improve their aerodynamic capabilities

Toyota to Build Second Wind Tunnel

Although the team are enjoying their best season in Formula One to date, they believe that they need the additional wind tunnel to help them in their bid to move to the top.

Work on the wind tunnel is due to begin next month and should be completed by next August. It is unlikely, however, that it will be ready in time to help with input into the 2007 design because it will need around six months of calibration before it can be brought into full use.

President of Toyota Motorsport John Howett said: "Although on-track performance and success in Formula One is the result of the complete package - chassis, engine, team, drivers - the major performance gains on a race-by-race basis come from aerodynamics.

"Most top teams already own two wind tunnels and by having joint access to a second 50%-scale wind tunnel with our motorsport colleagues in the US and Japan, we will enable us to efficiently increase our aero output as we look to fight for the F1 championship in the long-term.

"It is a big endeavour to have the new tunnel running by the end of 2006 but ambition and challenge is what Toyota is about."

The new wind tunnel will not just be used exclusively for the Formula One team, though, with Toyota hoping to use it for their other motorsport activities around the world.

shares
comments
Rossi Rubbishes Ferrari Test Claims
Previous article

Rossi Rubbishes Ferrari Test Claims

Next article

Ralf: Belgium Win was Possible

Ralf: Belgium Win was Possible
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022