Toyota unveils the new FT50 TRS car
Toyota has unveiled key components of its new single-seater race car at the 2014 Toyota Racing Series awards. The car named Toyota FT50 will replace the current FT40 car in the Toyota Racing Series from 2015.
It will feature the very latest FIA Formula 3 safety standards which include high cockpit side helmet protection, removable safety seat additional strengthening in the main chassis and front and rear crash structures.
Like the FT40, the new car has been designed and will be built by Italian manufacturer Tatuus. It will feature up to the minute styling with a long sculpted nose, wider track suspension dual front shock absorbers and steering wheel mounted paddle shift operating a six-speed Sadev transaxle gearbox.
The new cars will take to the track using the current TRS engine, Toyota’s 1.8-litre four cylinder production based unit which has been built and developed in New Zealand specifically for the racing series. The engine produces 215 bhp.
A completed car is expected to begin testing in April/May in preparation for the delivery of the production race cars mid year.