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Toyota donate car to FIA safety programme 10 Jan 2007

Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota Test Driver Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, 14 December 2006. World © Patching/Sutton.

Toyota are to present the FIA Institute with a Formula One car to be used for its driver extrication training programme for medical and safety officials working in single-seater racing around the world.

The TF105 show car will be handed over to the Institute by Toyota team principal Tsutomu Tomita at the inaugural FIA Institute Safety Summit at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on January 18.

“We are grateful for the support that the FIA Institute has received from Toyota in helping us to achieve our safety training objectives,” said Professor Gerard Saillant, Deputy President of the FIA Institute. “The generous donation of an F1 car will help to enhance the training of motor sport safety officials.”

The Toyota will be used to improve techniques of driver extrication following accidents. With its roll-hoop camera removed, the chassis has been specially modified with a jig fitted to allow the FIA Institute to easily roll the car upside down.

It features a modified driver’s seat to fit a crash test dummy into the cockpit and a dummy steering wheel. Instead of an engine, a steel frame has been included in the rear of the car to simulate the size and weight of a Formula One engine.

“I am very pleased to be able to hand over this car to the FIA Institute and contribute to the future of safety in Formula One,” said Tomita. “Safety is very important to us and we will do whatever we can to help the FIA and the FIA Institute in their work to make Formula One and motorsport in general safer.”