Even with a short history in Formula One, Toyota head into 2006 with high expectations from both within the team and the media. The team had their best season to date in 2005 - with a fighting fourth place in the Constructors' Championship, only losing third place to Ferrari as a result of not racing at Indianapolis. Yet, this expectation is fuelled not so much by a good 2005, but by the huge financial and technical resources the team have to draw upon.
With the second year of major technical rule changes and under the leadership of Mike Gascoyne, the team have the opportunity to lever these advantages and catch up with the leading teams. To do this, Toyota have opted for an intensive strategy of an early release of the new chassis, following that up with aerodynamic updates and a "B" spec chassis mid season.
Design and development strategy
In order to have the TF106 ready for the new season, the design work started way back during last season. With the V8 engine development already well under way, the chassis design work was lead by the results of the car in the first part of the season and the rule changes.