Toyota Camry Body Hides Purpose-Built Drag Car

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Toyota brought the ultimate sleeper car to this year’s SEMA Show.

Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center ripped the skin off of a Camry and draped it over a full tube-frame chassis housing a beastly powertrain. A supercharged version of the Tundra’s 5.7-liter V8, transmission, rear axle and electronics running a wet nitrous system add up to one thing: a Camry – using that name loosely – built for one purpose: drag racing.

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The powertrain sends 850 hp to a set of drag racing tires at the rear and Toyota says the Sleeper Camry will run the quarter mile in 9.8 seconds although that number is only an estimate.

Toyota refers to the Sleeper Camry as the most extreme build it has ever taken on, highlighting that it completed the project from start to finish in 11 weeks.

GALLERY: Sleeper Camry Dragster Live Photos

GALLERY: Sleeper Camry Dragster

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Bill Bill on Nov 07, 2014

    Like said before, Toyota's exaggerated inverted front grille designs don't look good and are UGLY! I would love to buy the cars but those front grille treatments stop me! They have to go as well as the employees who are the designers doing this ugly design. Toyota change your front grilles!

  • Skysi Skysi on Nov 08, 2014

    Someone has to be fired for that god-awful front grill design.

    • Brian E Mockensturm Brian E Mockensturm on Nov 08, 2014

      No, consumers need to be fired for like it. Most people like that grill. That is why it is on most Toyota sedans.