Scuderia Toro Rosso’s entrant for the 2007 Formula One season, the STR2 courted controversy before the season even began. A variant of the Red Bull Racing RB3 chassis, though powered by a Ferrari engine (unlike the RB3’s Renault power unit), both the Williams and Spyker teams claimed the cars were identical and had not been designed by their respective teams, having been designed by third-party subsidiary Red Bull Technologies. They claimed that this was a breach of the Formula 1 Concorde Agreement. Chassis designer Adrian Newey was officially employed by a Red Bull Technology consortium, providing a loophole for STR around the prohibition of chassis sharing, as both teams were legally using a car developed by an 'independent' third party. The FIA declared the cars, and the operational methods to produce them, legal.
Driven by Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and future four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, a mid-season replacement for Speed, the team's results were generally poor compared to its rivals, particularly Red Bull Racing with their sister chassis. Speed just missed out on the points in Monaco, finishing ninth, though this was a rare foray up the standings. Four double retirements, in Bahrain, Spain, Canada and France, set the tone for the season. The car's main weakness, shared with the RB3, was the new seamless shift gearbox, which frequently failed during races. Poor reliability across the season led to seventeen retirements. On average, only one of the two STR2s finished every race. Results improved later in the season, Liuzzi gaining another ninth-place finish in Japan. The STR2’s best result was a double points finish in China, as Vettel claimed fourth position after starting seventeenth and Liuzzi came home in sixth.
Overall, the STR2 scored eight points (all in China), elevating Toro Rosso to seventh in the Constructors’ Championship.
This fine 1:12 scale model of the Red Bull Toro Rosso STR2 Nosecone has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
This model is one of many in our collection of miniature nosecones.