This week, Toyota Racing unveiled their special Camry project car pictured above at the annual SEMA auto show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The silver Camry does not look any different compared to the ones we can buy at the local dealerships, except for the heavily tinted greenhouse and unusually wide rear tires. So, what is it doing at SEMA to begin with?
Every year in November, Las Vegas hosts the Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA auto show to showcase tuned and modified automobiles from various customizing firms around the nation. During the event, some manufacturers also bring in special vehicles from factory to display their latest after market components customers can buy for their vehicles. In this year’s show, Toyota and specifically their motor sport division, Toyota Racing brought this special Camry to their display booth.
In some instances, things look like what they are not and this Camry is one of those instances. From outside, it looks like an ordinary 2015 Camry XSE. But, underneath the stock body, there is a custom tube chassis dragster completely certified by the NHRA or the National Hot Rod Association. This race ready Camry borrows its engine, transmission and rear axle from the Tundra pick up truck. For drag racing duties, the Tundra’s supercharged 5.7 liter V8 is modified with forged pistons, connecting rods, and a wet nitrous system to produce 700 horsepower. The back tires of the dragster are 335 mm wide racing slicks, shaved to look like passenger tires. The front tires on the other hand, are stock. With this combination of drivetrain, the car passes the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds according to manufacturer’s estimates.
With so much power and speed packed underneath the stock exterior, this Camry, unanimously wins the sleeper car of the year. Among all the modified vehicles present at this year’s SEMA, the Sleeper Camry is a breath of fresh air as it hides its monstrous potential underneath an unassuming body.
The executives at Toyota Racing are itching to take the Sleeper Camry to the drag strip. With NHRA already certifying the car as a legitimate drag racer, the car can hit the track as soon as the middle of the month at NHRA drag race series in Pomona, California.
To see more pictures of the Sleeper Camry, click on the gallery below.
Images sourced from Toyota USA & Carscoops.com