LawFuel – The Law Newswire – Two former Toyota and Ferrari engineers have been found guilty in a Modena court of stealing design ideas from Ferrari before switching to the Toyota racing team in 2002.
Mauro Iacconi and Angelo Santini received 25 month sentences, although appeals are likely.
The allegations produced in the case argued that Toyota had produced a racing car that was visibly similar to Ferrari’s F2002 from the 2002 F1 season. The F2002 one of the most succesful racing car’s in Formula 1 history. However Toyota have (unsuprisngly) always denied that the stolen information that got into their hands was used for the design of the TF103.
After the incident had come to public attention, Iacconi and Santini were firerd from Toyota. A lot of the top brass from Toyota at the time were also accused. Boss Ove Anderson, designer Gustav Brunner and aerodynamics chief Rene Hilhorst all now longer work for the team.