Toyota making good progress with 2008 ECU 03 Sep 2007
Toyotas Luca Marmorini says the teams testing with the new common ECU (engine control unit) is going well, even though they have yet to run it in a car on track.
From next season, all teams must use the same FIA-approved ECU, and although reports suggest some teams have experienced problems with the new unit, Marmorini expressed no major concerns.
We have been working with it on the test beds, said Toyotas senior general manager for engines. With a new unit like this, we want to test very thoroughly so we change one thing and then test it, change another and then test again.
We are making good progress understanding the new ECU and we should be able to test on the track in a month or so, using the complete system.
The new ECU has been developed by McLaren Electronic Sytems (MES) in partnership with Microsoft. MES is part of the McLaren Group, but is independent of its Formula One team.