Toyota donates the first sample of its 2009 F1 car towards COVID-19 relief

06/04/2020

Posted by: Oluwaseun Solomon

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The popular Japanese automaker, Toyota has donated the first sample of the last car it built to compete in the F1 series to be auctioned for COVID-19 relief. Check it out!

Car enthusiasts who love collecting limited-edition hypercars worth millions will soon be delighted at a very rare opportunity. This is for them to add a special F1 Toyota car to their expensive car collection. The Japanese automaker has recently donated the very first sample of its last Formula One cars to be auctioned by a charity that is dedicated to providing COVID-19 relief and support.

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Toyota’s first sample of its last F1 car has been donated for a charity auction which is aimed at providing COVID-19 relief

After dropping hints of an upcoming Rally-type Toyota Yaris model for street racing enthusiasts, the automaker has recently donated the first sample of its last F1 race car to COVID-19 relief. A perfect gesture at the right time, isn’t it?

According to new reports, this special Toyota sample called TF109 wears chassis number ‘01’. It participated in a series of tests before the 2009 F1 season began. This special Toyota (sample) race car has a history of being driven by famous pilots like Timo Glock, Jarno Trulli, and Henkie Waldschmidt but it never took part in a real F1 race because it was just a sample unit.

Toyota could have probably stuffed such a special sample in a car museum but instead passed it over to be used as a proper high-speed test “mule” for new car tires by the popular tire maker, Pirelli.

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The 2009 Toyota TF109 (sample) race car has quite an interesting history despite that it never participated in a real F1 race

The history of this special Toyota F1 car just keeps going on and on from that period till 2011 when it finally retired with a total of about 30,000 km (approx. 19,000 miles) covered. No one has actually been able to put an actual price tag on this special Toyota sample race car but there are many speculations that it is worth over a million dollars (greater than ₦388 million). This “rough” price estimation makes it impressive that Toyota is auctioning this car for COVID-19 relief charity purposes.

Meanwhile, you can check out the 2009 Formula One presentation and the first drive of an actual Toyota TF109 car in the video below;

  F1 2009 Presentation Panasonic Toyota Racing, TF109 car on the track

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
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