2017 toyota nascar camry

It may say ‘Camry’ on the front, but Toyota’s NASCAR racer is a different animal

With its beige demeanor and Japanese ancestry, the Toyota Camry seems like an odd fit for the red-blooded American motor sports spectacle that is NASCAR. But Camry-badged race cars have been competing in NASCAR since 2007.

The redesigned 2018 Camry road car debuted this week at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, so Toyota decided to unveil the new NASCAR racer alongside it. But don’t let that give the impression that the NASCAR Camry is in any way related to the car people can actually buy. As before, the only thing that makes this car a Camry is the name badge on the front.

NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, but the cars that compete in this series are anything but stock. The NASCAR Camry is a purpose-built machine that shares virtually nothing with the road-going version, and it’s the same story with the NASCAR racers fielded by Ford and Chevrolet.

Underneath the bodywork is a tube-outline body, keeping in mind the stock Camry sports a variety of four-chamber and V6 powertrains and front-wheel drive, the NASCAR adaptation utilizes an extensive V8 and back wheel drive. That is down to the guidelines of the race arrangement, which determine that makers all form autos to a specific format advanced for NASCAR-style races, yet that isn't extremely pertinent to creation autos.

Toyota did at any rate attempt to make the NASCAR Camry resemble a stock Camry, notwithstanding having its Calty plan studio counsel amid the advancement of the race auto. Yet, the requests of the guidelines implied that work could just go as such. For instance, while the stock Camry is a four-entryway car, the NASCAR Camry has no entryways by any stretch of the imagination.

The restyled NASCAR Camry will make its hustling debut one month from now at the Daytona 500, NASCAR's season opener. The 2018 Toyota Camry street auto will land in showrooms later in the year.

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