Atlas F1 - The 2002 Teams

Toyota 2003 Car

2003 Race Car

Primary sponsors

  • Panasonic
  • Wella
  • AOL-Time-Warner
  • Travelex

    (TF103) Carbon monocoque

    Push rod with Torsion bar front and rear

    Dampers: FFT / Sachs

    Wheels: BBS

  • Front: 13 x 12
  • Rear: 13 x 13.5

    Tyres: Michelin Pilot

    Brakes: Brembo

    Brake discs/pads: Carbon Industrie / Brembo


  • Type: Toyota V 10 / 90/2998 cc (RVX-03)


  • Gearbox: 7 speed Semi-Automatic Gearbox
  • Clutch: Sachs Triple plate

    Electronics: Magneti Marelli


  • Overall length: 4,547 mm
  • Wheelbase: 3,090 mm
  • Front track: 1,424 mm
  • Rear track: 1,411 mm

    Team Principals

    President, Toyota Motorsport - John Howett

    50-year-old Englishman John Howett graduated with distinction from the Loughborough College of Technology in 1973 and has 25 years experience with Toyota. Howett spent 3 years working for Toyota Team Europe, co-ordinating the rally team's service and preparation operations alongside Ove Andersson in the late 1970s. He returned to Toyota (GB) Ltd. in 1980, where he was involved in every aspect of after-sales service until 1991. Howett then moved to Belgium to broaden his horizons in the Service/After-Sales Operations at Toyota Motor Marketing Europe (TMME), heading several positions in the Marketing Division, supervising Product Management, Research, and Brand, before being appointed to V-P for Toyota/Lexus Sales & Marketing in January 2001. One year later, he took over the role of Vice-President in charge of all after-sales activities of TMME. Howett is a keen horse rider and avid motor sport follower and now joins Toyota Motorsport as the company's President.

    Vice-chairman, Toyota Motorsport - Ove Andersson

    Under Ove's direction, the then Toyota Team Europe (TTE) was the dominant force in the World Rally Championship in the 1990s. Now as a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), the re-named Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will build and develop Toyota's Formula 1 programme under the presidency of Ove Andersson.

    Ove's personal history in motor sport is illustrious. He was part of the Viking invasion of Swedish racing and rally drivers in the sixties. Whilst the likes of Ronnie Peterson went racing, Andersson took up rallying. Successes include the Safari Rally and the Monte Carlo Rally. Entering F1 will give him a chance to reunite with former co-driver Jean Todt.

    General Manager Car Design and Development - Keizo Takahashi

    Born in Fukushima, Keizo Takahashi started his Toyota career in 1980. For sixteen years, he worked in the passenger car engine development division. In January 1997, he moved to the race engine department to develop the race engine for the CART championship. In 1999, he took up the position of Project General Manager for CART engines. He moved to Germany in January 2001 to become Technical Co-ordinator of Toyota's F1 engine department. From 2003, Takahashi takes up a new position as General Manager of the car design and development area.

    Chief Designer - Gustav Brunner

    Austrian Gustav Brunner started his Formula 1 career with ATS in 1978. During the 1980s he worked with Arrows, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Ram Hart. He joined Leyton House in 1990, moving to March before rejoining Ferrari at the end of 1993. He joined Toyota Motorsport in May 2001 from Minardi where he had been Technical Director since 1998.

    Team Manager - Ange Pasquali

    Ange has a background of successful team management in the World Rally Championship and Le Mans for Toyota and Ford since 1992. In 1997 he took over the position of General Manager of the logistics department and Team Manager of the Le Mans project at Toyota Motorsport in Cologne. Since 2001, Ange has continued in his capacity as Team Manager for Toyota's F1 activities. His role is multi-faceted, both on and off the track. Aside from the racing drivers and the team, one of his many functions is the day-to-day management of Toyota's Young Drivers' Programme, where Ange has selected some of motor racing's future talent.

    The Drivers

    Olivier Panis
    see bio

    Cristiano da Matta
    see bio

    Related Links

    The 2003 Toyota Launch Pictures
    The official Toyota F1 web site
    The official Olivier Panis web site
    The official Cristiano da Matta web site
    The Atlas F1 Special Project - Toyota

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