Technical analysis of the Toro Rosso STR12: bold


Count with James Key in your design team necessarily implies that the single resulting count with solutions that are bold and that they are always taken into account by the rivals. So it has been once more with the STR12, which intends to follow the path of their predecessors and to present an alternative to a very capable level aerodynamic.

do This, together with a propellant Renault that looks like that will finally be competitive, you should place the team of Faenza in the vicinity of the top 5 of the grill, which in the end is the goal of Helmut Marko -consultant of Red Bull – and Franz Tost -responsible for Toro Rosso-.

Matches with Mercedes

Starting our usual analysis for the front zone, immediately we observe two coincident points with the Mercedes W08. The first is the morro (1), avoids the general trend by adopting the rounded tip uniform, something that Mercedes was already in 2016 and that, therefore, has been influenced by those of Brackley.

The case of the piece pivoting (4) in the upper arm of the suspension is also something that we’ve seen in the Mercedes W08, but that obviously has not been able to be copied by Toro Rosso at the not have material time to do this. Quite simply, the team work of James Key has had the same idea that the World Champion team.


beyond the similarities with the Mercedes, there are three points worthy to be discussed. The first is the endplate (2), although not precisely for its complexity, but rather the opposite. In this case James Key has opted for the first version of 2016 for the car of the filing, but with total safety will change during the test. We must also highlight the entry S-Duct (3) to improve the traffic flow, streamlined and lower a support (5) for the pitot tubes (which measure the speed and pressure) spectacular, that not only is it quite bulky, but it also has a aletín back to take advantage of the situation and get some aero benefit. A detail very own James Key.


The central area of the car, the more worked on this first phase of development after the new regulations have opened the season in that area, presents a level of evolution in between. don’t get to be as elaborate as the W08 Mercedes or the Ferrari SF70-H, but not as simple as the Williams FW40 or the Red Bull RB13.


Even so, the Toro Rosso shows a bargeboard (6) considerable in length -not height as in other cases, but with a single element. side deflectors (9) yes are double -though without ways excessively intricate – and, instead of embracing the pontoon the top will handle the task of regenerating the flow that circulates on the pontoon in the direction of the diffuser to a aletín horizontal (8) that is born out of the cockpit. In addition, the pontoons are, as is the norm this year, smaller thanks to less requirement of cooling of the fourth generation of engines. And in relation to that, we see a similarity with the Mercedes W08, since the air intake of the propeller and systems adjacent to it is also similar in size and shape.

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the rear of The Toro Rosso stands out by the narrowness of the body (12), which leaves a true tunnel with which to feed the top of the diffuser. Again, an own seal of James Key, in addition, complements the area with the drivers of flow (11) working to reduce the negative impact of the turbulence created by the rear tire.


At the top we find the shark fin (13) -you can’t miss this year – and the rear wing support and the mechanisms of the DRS (14) curved, something that goes in the same line as in the Renault RS17, Force India VJM10 or Sauber C36, among others.

As details to highlight -though not by itself be novel, we can observe the monkey seat (15) that is used in circuits like Singapore or Monaco, which require high aerodynamic load., and the gills top of the endplate (16) that Toro Rosso has decided to take until the end of the edge of attack. The diffuser, as in the case of the McLaren MCL32, has been covered by the staff of Toro Rosso to avoid photos hot and heavy during the presentation, as it is an element aerodynamic vital.


The Toro Rosso is, therefore, is a single-seater very much in the style of James Key: full of audacity cutting subtle, but clever. Surely that there are quite a few things to see in the STR12, but what has already been advanced invites us to dream with a Toro Rosso in a position to fight for points regularly.