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  Toyota TF103
 

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2003
Predecessor:Toyota TF102
Successor:Toyota TF104
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionToyota Racing's contender for the 2003 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the TF103 car is an evolution of last season's TF102, rather than an innovative or radical new design. It is lighter, generates more downforce and has greater aerodynamic efficiency than its predecessor. The TF103 is the product of a design group led by Gustav Brunner and co-ordinated by Keizo Takahashi. The team has already gathered a lot of information about the TF103, thanks to an intermediary version of the TF102, denoted the TF102B, which ran since September 2002 with the 2003-spec engine and seven-speed gearbox. The RVX-03 V10 engine is both lighter and more powerful than the 2002 RVX-02. It has been designed and produced in-house by a technical team overseen by Luca Marmorini.

New for 2003 were race drivers Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta. Panis joined the team with nine seasons of Formula 1 experience, including one victory. Cristiano da Matta had been a Toyota driver for four years, having raced with a Toyota engine in the American CART series. The 29-year-old Brazilian won the drivers' championship title in 2002 with seven victories and took Toyota to its first manufacturers' title.

After a difficult start of the season, the TF103's performance increased halfway through the season. After a number of point scoring finishes, one of the season's highlights was the Silverstone Grand Prix where Da Matta and Panis were first and second respectively for a number of laps.

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