Toyota is reported by Le Parisien to be offering its Formula 1 design for 2010 for sale, hoping that one of the new teams will decide to cut its losses and buy the design.
There are just a few weeks during which this is a feasible option for a team with money as the cars should already be in the production phase. The value of the designs will then tail off dramatically although it is possible that there might be one or two aspiring teams out there who would pay for such a car in order to get up to speed quickly for longer-term projects. There are believed to be several organisations who are watching to see what happens with the new F1 teams and believe that opportunities will arise in the next 24-36 months if some of the existing outfits fail. These teams have no desire to buy existing F1 teams which have much more equipment than is now needed.
It is unlikely that any of the new F1 teams will go down this route as they have all invested in building cars and work is underway (to a lesser or greater extent) at all of them. Campos is using the Italian firm Dallara and is already crash-testing chassis parts; Manor is using Wirth Research, which seems to be at a similar point in the development process, Lotus is slightly behind the others because the project was started later but is on schedule to appear in time for some tests in February, while USF1 says that all is well and that the car will come together as sub-contractors deliver parts.
The F1 design is of no use at all to Toyota and so the price could be very reasonable if there is a team that wants to use such a design as the basis for a car in the longer term.