Update: Toro Rosso Launches STR5 in Valencia, Image Gallery!

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Scuderia Toro Rosso has now become the first team sponsored by Red Bull to reveal its challenger for the 2010 season of Formula One, namely the STR5. The car presentation event took place before STR's garage on Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit, where it will also debut in the hands of race driver Sebastien Buemi later today.

This is the first car designed, developed and built entirely by the Faenza based team, as the new customer rules imposed by the FIA for the Formula One championship prevented the Italian team from using Red Bull Technology work for their F1 car. The STR5 benefits from a fully-developed double diffuser, this being the major update from the Faenza based team for the 2010 season.

2010 is a landmark year for Scuderia Toro Rosso as the new regulations demand that we go it alone in terms of designing and building our car in-house. After four years of working in collaboration with Red Bull Technology, the STR5 is the first car that is one hundred percent down to our own endeavors,” said team boss Franz Tost, who further emphasised the importance of becoming a 100 percent F1 constructor for the 2010 season.

Creating the necessary infrastructure to tackle this task has been our biggest challenge, possibly more difficult than actually producing the car itself. We have taken on an additional eighty staff and expanded our facility to accommodate them, including a Machine Shop to increase our production capacity.”

In addition, we have commissioned a wind tunnel in Bicester, England, which we bought from Red Bull. It will take time for the highly skilled team we have assembled to learn to work together as efficiently as possible,” added the Austrian boss.

Being recognised as a Constructor involves owning the intellectual property rights to what are defined as the listed parts: these are effectively the monocoque, the safety structures that are subject to homologation and crash testing, which means the rear and front structures, primary and secondary roll-over structures and the complete aerodynamic package, the suspension, fuel and cooling systems,” added technical director Giorgio Ascanelli.
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