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.

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