The 2013 Toyota Camry was introduced looking much like its production counterpart and will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting next season. TRD worked closely with Calty Design, which is part of the Japanese automaker’s global network design team, to help create the race car that incorporates elements of America’s best-selling car.
This is all part of a bigger goal for NASCAR and the four competing automakers to help put the ‘S’ back in NASCAR – stock. One of the major changes from NASCAR is allowing the automakers to exchange glass for solid body pieces.
“When everyone at Toyota first saw the design of the 2013 Camry, the first reaction was, ‘They’re actually going to let you race a car that looks like that’,” said Andy Graves, TRD’s vice president of chassis engineering. “That just demonstrates how excited everyone was about the new design of the Camry stock car.”
As much as it might look a lot like a street Camry, this isn’t. As is the case with stock cars, it features a tube frame chassis, V8 and rear-wheel drive. A grocery-getter this isn’t.