Toyota reveal the TF106 28 Nov 2005
Toyotas new car, the TF106, will make its first public appearance on Tuesday when it tests at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya in Spain at the start of a four-day session.
The Japanese squad are the first to debut their 2006 machine, over three months before the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 12, and chassis technical director Mike Gascoyne believes the head start could offer Toyota a significant advantage over their rivals.
"We have been working on the TF106 since the end of 2004," he revealed. "The introduction of this car at such an early stage is a true testament to the work of the team and shows that we are able to react and push forward at a rate that is necessary to be at the forefront of Formula One."
The TF106 marries a brand new rear end, designed to accommodate Toyota's latest specification V8 engine, with a development of the monocoque and front suspension of the interim TF105B car that was brought in for the final two races of the 2005 season.
"The TF106 that will run in Barcelona marks the first stage of development for this car with continuous improvements planned in the run-up to the first race, added Gascoyne. We are adopting a similar schedule to last season by testing the car early. This allows us to develop the mechanical side of car thoroughly before we introduce a new aero package in time for the first race. This strategy helped us to be extremely competitive at the start 2005 and we are confident the same will happen in 2006."
Toyota are just one of eight teams set to run at Barcelona this week in the first major pre-2006 season test.