The 2008 Toyota challenger the Toyota TF108 was launched on 10 January 2008, at the team’s factory in Cologne, Germany.
The 2008 season saw Jarno Trulli retained for the 2008 season, Trulli was joined by newcomer, but not rookie, Timo Glock as the team’s second driver. The Toyota test and reserve driver for the 2008 season was Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.
The Toyota team let driver Ralf Schumacher go at the end of the 2007 Formula One season, Schumacher then signed a contract with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM for the 2008 season.
With a new longer wheelbase to aid stability and a totally new aero package that had hoped to give the car great potential. The car was not an evolution of the previous years Toyota TF107- it had been designed from an evolution of the Toyota TF106, but with a promise of “The primary aerodynamic design philosophy for the TF108 is geared towards optimising the entire package” Pascal Vasselon, the team’s chassis General Manager said.
The car also had the new for 2008 higher headrests around the drivers head and also had the new standard McLaren Electronic Systems ECU that prevented the car having driver aids.
Toyota had adopted a McLaren MP4-22-like bridge on the front wing, and have also moved the rear view mirrors outboard, like Ferrari and Renault. The TF108 had also had a major focus on cleaning the air flow around the front suspension, maximising the zero keel concept of the front suspension.
Chassis – Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb construction monocoque
Front – Carbon fibre double wishbone arrangement, with carbon fibre trackrod and pushrod
Rear – Carbon fibre double wishbone arrangement, with carbon fibre trackrod and pushrod
Engine – Toyota RVX-08 2398cc 19,000 RPM Limited
Transmission – Toyota/WilliamsF1/Xtrac collaboration 7-speed unit plus reverse
Brakes – Brembo callipers and master cylinders, Hitco material (carbon/carbon)
Tyres – Bridgestone Potenza
Wheels – BBS forged magnesium