From 2002 to 2009, Toyota participated in the Formula 1 World Championship with a team based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH. After scoring points in its first race, in Australia in2002, the team went on to start 139 Grands Prix, achieving three pole positions, 13 podium finishes and 278.5 points.
The TF102 was used throughout the 2002 season, scoring a point in Toyota’s first GrandPrix. Its best results were the sixth places achieved in Australia and Brazil by Mika Salo, giving it a total of two points throughout the season. Allan McNish also raced the TF102.
The BMW P82, the engine used by the BMW WilliamsF1 Team in 2002, had hit a peak speed of 19,050 revolutions a minute in its final evolutionary stage. It was also the first engine in the 3.0 litre V10-era to break through the 19,000 rpm-wall, during the 2002 Italian Grand Prix’s qualifying. BMW’s P83 engine used in 2003 season managed an impressive 19,200 rpm and cleared the 900 bhp (670 kW) mark and weighs less than 200 lb (91 kg). Honda’s RA003E V10 also cleared the 900 bhp (670 kW) mark at the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix.