• Jul 27th 2006 at 5:04PM
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Toyota Motor and WilliamsF1 announced Thursday that Toyota will supply engines to the WilliamsF1 team for the next three years, beginning in 2007.
The agreement explicitly states that WilliamsF1 will use "the same specification of engine as Panasonic Toyota Racing," ensuring a level playing field for all concerned, and putting even more heat on Toyota's "factory" team to produce race wins, after years of big budgets and mediocre results.

The deal leaves Toyota with a convenient exit strategy should it decide to abandon its underperforming factory team in favor of a support deal with WilliamsF1. For his part, WilliamsF1 Team principal, Sir Frank Williams (right) gets access to engines widely regarded as among the best in Formula 1, at a considerable saving over his outright purchase of engines from current engine supplier Cosworth.

The announcement also means Cosworth may be without a team for 2007, although the engine plans of the other "non-factory" teams, Red Bull Racing, Torro Rosso and MF1 (Midland) are yet to be finalized, and David Richards' new Prodrive team is also a potential customer.

[Source: Toyota Motor]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Time to come off the crack. How are they saving money by going with a manufacturer that has failed to win a single race this year?

      Lemme see, I'll save on car repairs by buying a really shitty car! Great idea!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota have a reputation for good engines and crap cars. Williams have a reputation for good cars, but in recent years: crap engines.

      Sounds like Williams might have done a gode thing!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Did u not read, it's the drivers you freaking Assclown.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Again you guys are high and so is the guy who wrote the article. "Regarded as the best engines in F1" Laughable. How can you say that? No victories by ANY toyota powered team, including the factory team!!!! So how can they be the best engines? Cheap? Mybe., Good? No way.

      Sounds like the Toyota fanbois have gotten hold of this article. Since I last heard, racing is about winning, not being "reasonably priced".
      • 9 Years Ago
      #6, You are high. It doesnt take an engine only to make a winning F1 team. The toyota IS regarded among the best engines on the grid. Their weakness is in mechanical grip, their stregnths are aero and engine. Williams have excellent mechanical grip, but recently poor aero and some claim poor engines.It is a good match and it gives Williams the financial stability it needs to bring in better sponsors for further development
      • 9 Years Ago
      Who cares. Its F1.

      Maybe the Euros on this site care, but nobody here in the U.S.