Toyota reveals TF108 in Cologne
10 January 2008 – The Toyota Formula 1 team is the third F1 team that presents its 2008 contender to the media this week. The team showed its TF108 to the invited guests in the team's factory in Cologne. The new car should bring the team podium finishes again after a disappointing 2007 season.
The Toyota Formula 1 team entered the sport back in 2002 after a year of testing. The team finished only twice on the podium and last month the team revealed it has two more years to prove itself to the Japanese board members that the team belongs in Formula One.
Toyota's all-new TF108 has a number of similarities with the McLaren and Ferrari car such as the front wing and side of the car. The team livery remained completely the same.
Toyota F1 team president John Howett said at Toyota's team launch: "We look in good shape for 2008, there is no question about that. The hard work continues all the time. We started the TF108 in earnest more or less the day the TF107 hit the track and the development has been remorseless, which it has to be because of the competitive pressure of Formula 1.
"The key issue has been to identify the major elements which contribute to performance enhancement and put more resources into those areas. Clearly the car is improving, I think, dramatically and continually, but so are the other cars. It is therefore the relative rate of performance gain that is absolutely critical. We have to work harder and smarter than our competitors."