Toyota Motorsport GmbH and ZF Sachs announce new partnership

Toyota Motorsport GmbH and ZF Sachs announce new partnership

Toyota Motorsport GmbH today announced an agreement with ZF Sachs for the damping and clutch specialists to become an official supplier to the Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula 1 team from the start of the 2010 season.

The agreement, which includes the 2010 season and beyond, was announced at the Nürburgring, venue for the German Grand Prix.

As an official supplier, ZF Sachs branding will be displayed in the Panasonic Toyota Racing garage and on the team trucks, as well as other branding platforms. ZF Sachs will also benefit from Toyota Motorsport's extensive partner activation programme.

Tadashi Yamashina, Chairman and Team Principal of Toyota Motorsport, said: "The ZF Sachs Race Engineering clutch is an integral part of our TF109 car so we have already experienced ZF Sachs' commitment to quality and performance - values both our companies share. It is particularly pleasing to already have another new partner confirmed for 2010. Even though we are in the middle of a season, the development and planning for next season has already begun. I am convinced that with the team's hard work and the continuing support from our partners we will be stronger than ever."

Dr. Peter Ottenbruch, CEO of ZF Sachs, said: "This partnership with Toyota Motorsport strengthens our commitment and involvement in Formula 1. This is the most advanced form of motorsport in the world therefore it is an ideal platform for our products. As an established and ambitious team, Toyota Motorsport is the perfect partner for ZF Sachs to extend its involvement and activities in Formula 1 so I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship."

Notes to editors: ZF Sachs is the powertrain and suspension components division of the ZF Group. For more than 100 years, ZF Sachs has been a renowned partner of the automotive industry. ZF Sachs products are not only used with traditional applications in cars, commercial vehicles, rail, construction and agricultural technology but also in motorsports.

ZF is one of the world's leading automotive industry suppliers specializing in driveline and chassis technologies. With a workforce of 63,000 employees, the company operates 125 plants in 26 countries. ZF Group revenues in 2008 totaled Euro12.5 billion. ZF ranks as one of the top-10 automotive industry suppliers worldwide.

Press Contact ZF Sachs AG:

Walter Erke, Vice President Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: +49 9721 98-3227, Fax: +49 9721 98-9821