The Toro Rosso STR was another car created in collaboration with Red Bull Technology to take part in the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship. The drivers were Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais. For the first five races of the season, the team ran an STR2B, an evolution of the previous year’s car. The relative stability of the regulations meant that it was possible to run an updated 2007 car, modified to suit the 2008 regulations. Therefore the STR3 made its race debut in Monaco.
Once again, the Toro Rosso STR3 was powered by the Ferrari 056 engine, a 2398cc 90 degree V8 with 32 valves. The monocoque was made from composite materials, with front and rear pushrod suspension, Aly 6 Pod brakes and Bridgestone tyres.
The STR3 was one of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s most successful cars. It finished fifth in its maiden outing in Monaco with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel. The German managed to get the most out of the car, also scoring points in Canada, Germany, Europe and Belgium, before taking pole position and a resounding victory in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. The car’s abilities saw Vettel go on to score points in Singapore, Japan and Brazil and Scuderia Toro Rosso finished sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Composite monocoque structure, carrying the Ferrari V8 056 engine as fully stressed member
Seven-speed gearbox, longitudinally mounted high-pressure hydraulic system for power shift
Front: Aluminium alloy uprights, upper and lower carbon wishbones and pushrods, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars
Rear: Aluminium alloy uprights, upper and lower carbon wishbones and pushrods, torsion bar springs and anti roll bars
Aly 6 pods