• Nov 12th 2009 at 3:58PM
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Toyota TF109 – Click above for high-res image gallery

For many Formula One teams, work on next year's car starts halfway through a running season. So by the time Toyota announced it would not be back for next season, it had already completed its design for 2010. Now that it won't be needing the car, however, the Japanese automaker's scuttled racing team is reportedly putting the design up for sale.

So who would be interested in buying the would-be Toyota TF110? None of the established teams, most of which are probably just as advanced in their design process for next year. After running Red Bull designs every year so far, Toro Rosso will be required to field its own car next season for the first time, but the process is reportedly well under way. Sauber apparenlty didn't stop work on its car even when BMW pulled out and they lost their slot for next season, which could work to their advantage if they get the nod to take Toyota's spot.

Fortunately for the Japanese automaker looking to recuperate some of its losses, they chose the right time to quit as there are a slew of new teams joining the grid for next season. And while Lotus and Campos have already contracted engineering firms to design their chassis – Aerolab and Dallara, respectively – either USF1 or Manor could jump at the opportunity. But they might not have to jump too high, as reports also indicate that the rejected Lola entry also already had a car ready to go, which could also be on the market.

[Source: F1-Live]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      $3700 + a six-pack.

      I'd love to autocross/track-day this beast! Of course, you'd have to register it, so I guess I'll have to swap in a Supra I6 engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't put it past some of the existing major teams to purchase this. The teams grab every chance to find out what the opposition is up to, and Toyota had _some_ decent ideas that could help a team to improve somewhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Chassis is good, why not stop R&D on the chassis and pick this up? Get the right engine, and you're leaps and bounds ahead of the curve.

      When testing time rolls around, you can have multiple front and rear spoiler options. This is a great idea. Someone will buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does it come in black? If not, I'll just buy something else.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man oh man if i had the money....this Toyota would so be in my collection.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah...just show me the carfax.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol best comment of this thread!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would think that any team that has been planning on entering F1 is already well underway in designing a car for next year, including USF1 and Manor.

      I'm not sure anyone would want it unless its low hanging fruit that they can use to study designs from a company that used track experience to design their car.
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