• Nov 7th 2010 at 12:18PM
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The shutdown of Toyota's Formula One program should have resulted in a mass layoff of the team's personnel, right? Well it didn't. While some may have gone their separate ways, others have been hired; and despite the essential absence of an actual F1 program, Toyota Motorsport GmbH is still alive and keeping plenty busy.

Once the dust settled at the operation's Cologne headquarters, TMG remade itself into an engineering consulting business. The outfit that benefited from years of unprecedented investment from the world's largest automaker has been undertaking a variety of other tasks for new clients (in addition to specific roles it still plays for Toyota). Preparing test cars for Pirelli's new contract to supply F1 tires has been one, but according to a report in Autosport, TMG "has proved that F1 skills and technologies could be easily transfered to non-motorsport applications" as well.

As a result, TMG is closing what its own personnel describe as a "breakthrough year" that has taken it from the brink of disaster to a profitable business in its own right. Who would have figured?

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Who would have figured?

      Don't you know how to make a small fortune in racing? First, you start with a large fortune...

      Once they quit racing they started to make money. Glad to see Toyota made something out of their F1 team rather than just turning out the lights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      P.s. Guys, You are late with this. By many, many months.

      I heard they've been doing work for McLaren as well, not sure what exactly. Either way, that facility has more than enough capacity to run a factory racing effort in another series, while supporting an F1 team and still doing consultancy work. It really is incredible. I can't fathom why anyone would think that it'd be up for sale. To great of an engineering resource to lose, and it has been in the Toyota family for ages.

      @ tributetodrive

      They are the same entity that is known as TTE, ie TRD Europe, and they have done and do in fact do that sort of work. made a lovely turbo Kit for the MR2 spyder and well as a concept V8 1st gen IS similar to the Millen works IS430.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well That's a good thing. I'm glad that toyota proves day by day what a determined car manufacturer can do
      I just hope the trolls grow up and stop bashing them because the companies they root for don't know how to operate
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am sorry are we talking about the same "determined" car manufacturer that quit Formula 1 in the first place?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hey, instead of wasting money and not accomplishing anything, at least there going to be making money now ........assuming there engineering wasn't the problem in the first place.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they can breath new life into Toyota passenger cars make a spinoff like TRD but then actually market it and add some HP. Or a toyota sports car successor to the MR2 or a competitor to Godzilla would be cool a neo Supra...
        • 4 Years Ago
        this would be awesome
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