Big deal, you say? Another F1 car, you say? Well it’s a big deal in Faenza, where Scuderia Toro Rosso is based. That’s because, in accordance with new regulations, this is the first car designed and built entirely in house since Red Bull acquired the team in 2005.
The STR5, then, might as well be called the STR1, because its predecessors were all designed by its sister team Red Bull Racing. Now STR’s on its own, and this is the sword it will wield for the 2010 Formula One World Championship. Like other teams, Toro Rosso designed its car around the double diffuser which it adopted after a clarification to the rules mid-season last year. Also like its competitors, the STR5 abandons the KERS regenerative braking system, but takes on a bigger fuel tank in light of the new ban on mid-race refueling.