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Budding F1 drivers will have the opportunity to test their driving skills in a full-size Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 simulator at Auto Africa 2006, which takes place at Expo Centre, Nasrec, from October 26-November 5.

Toyota South Africa is importing a Panasonic Toyota F1 simulator that will be located on its own stand in Hall 7.

The car will be placed on a specially built section of tarred track in a realistic racing environment.

The driver will race against as many as 23 other cars on a generic Grand Prix circuit. His or her view of the track will be on a 42' plasma screen.

A good lap time is in the region of 1 min 40 sec.

The simulator has a force feedback steering system, quick-release F1 style steering wheel with four embedded buttons and rev lights as well as F1 style paddle gear levers.

There is a realistic sound system, while accelerator and brake pedals are located on an electrically adjustable pedal base to adapt to all sizes of drivers. The car is fitted with Bridgestone tyres on BBS wheels.

The monocoque bodyshell is made of glass fibre, but the front and rear suspension components, front and rear wings and turning vanes/barge boards are all made of carbon fibre, just like the real Toyota F1 racing cars.

A full-time host from Toyota Motorsport in Germany is coming with the simulator and he will be assisted by a number of Toyota brand ambassadors to ensure smooth running of what should be a major attraction at this year's Auto Africa motor show.

While waiting for their turn to drive the simulator visitors to the stand will be able to test their skills driving Toyota F1 cars on a Scalextric track, which is a replica of the Interlagos circuit in Brazil where the last round of the 2006 F1 championship takes place.

Toyota F1's Brazilian third driver, Ricardo Zonta, will be at the simulator for some of the time on the invitation-only opening day of October 26, as well as on the first public day, Saturday, October 28.

Ove Andersson, founder of the Toyota F1 team, will be another guest of Toyota South Africa at Auto Africa, ensuring a high profile for Toyota F1, a replica Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 car will be displayed on the company's main stand in Hall 6.


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