Video: Toyota Formula 1 Car To Be Sold To Fund Fight Against Coronavirus
Toyot donated the first Formula 1 car made for the last season of the Panasonic ToyotRacing racing team to RM Sotheby's charity auction. Bidding will take place online from June 15 to June 22, and all proceeds will go to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Toyot has loaned a TF109 car with chassis number 01, created for the 2009 season, for Pirelli tire testing. The tire manufacturer tested it from 2010 to 2011. During this time, the car drove over 30,000 kilometers.
- Unlike most Formula 1 cars for sale, the ToyotTF109 is completely complete. It is powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 with around 700 horsepower.
- In addition to ToyotTF109, the ScuderiFerrari professional simulator and a variety of racing suits, including the six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, are up for charity auction. All the money from the auction will go to the Red Cross and Red Crescent funds.
The Panasonic ToyotRacing racing team entered Formula 1 for the 2002 season. For this, the Japanese company built a huge technical center in Cologne, Germany. For eight years, the factory team has not won any of the 140 Grand Prix. At the end of 2009, Toyot announced the departure of the factory team from Formula 1. In total, more than $ 4 billion was spent on the project.