Fans of drag racing were in for a treat at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) when Toyota unveiled the source of the ‘ear-splitting grow’ to reveal a ‘sleeper’ Camry.
‘Sleeper’ is a term in drag racing that refers to cars that look as innocent and plain but underneath has the capability to blow away the competition.
“This is the most extreme build we’ve ever unveiled at SEMA. The transformation from seemingly stock Camry to full-blown racecar just shocks the senses. Chuck Wade and the team at Motorsports Technical Center did a truly spectacular job executing the vision of this project,” said Toyota Engagement Marketing and Motorsports National Manager Steve Appelbaum.
Production was done by Motorsports Technical Cente and only took 11 weeks. They started by taking the outer shell of a 2015 Camry and mating it to a full tube-frame chassis. Using Toyota Tundra equipment including a TRD-supercharged engine 5.7L V8 with a wet nitrous system, its transmission, rear axle and electronics, the Camry is suited up with DOT 335/30/18 drag racing tires turning it into rip-roaring monsters capable of eating up a quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds.
“This Camry is the ultimate sleeper — it definitely has the element of surprise on its side and more than enough muscle to drop the hammer on any unsuspecting car that pulls up,” said Chuck Wade, Motorsports Technical Center Director.