February 01, 2010

F1 Pr0n: Toro Rosso STR5

In many ways the Toro Rosso STR5 has been the car I've been most looking forward to.  This is the first time the team has had to field an original design, as opposed to being a "client chassis" of the parent Red Bull team.  This puts them in an interesting position of being an experienced F1 team, but never having built their own car.  The question in my mind was how inventive they would be.

The answer turned out to be "not very."  It's essentially an updated STR4, which was the safe way to go for a relatively small team with an all-new design staff.

From the cockpit back, there's been little change to the car from last year.  Reportedly, it's using the same diffuser as the one the Red Bull RB5 was using at the end of last season.  The front of the car is slightly different, with a sharper nose.

I'm assuming that there'll be new changes introduced as testing goes on, so expect the STR5 to be somewhat different by the first race.  Still, even if it just completely rips off last year's RB5, that was a pretty good car and the rules haven't changed THAT much.  Consider this one as a work in progress.

And hey, gotta love the flames on the nose.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:18 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Yep, gotta love the flames.  :-)

Posted by: Mallory at February 01, 2010 10:57 PM (WJ2qy)

2 I am not sure, but I think I can see the pullrod read suspension from here (3rd picture).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 02, 2010 12:41 AM (/ppBw)


Hmmm... I agree the rear suspensenion does look like the same system used on the RB5 slightly different rear packaging though.

Posted by: le-reve at February 02, 2010 06:50 PM (Y8guG)

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