• 2015 Toyota Camry NASCAR Race Car

Toyota joined the NASCAR series in 2004, putting an end to a 44-year period in which the sport was restricted to American car makers. The Japanese automaker entered the truck series with the Tundra at first, but it joined the top-tier Sprint Cup Series with the Camry three years later. Although it has yet to win a championship in seven years as of 2014, the Camry has become increasingly competitive since its introduction, scoring many wins and attracting major teams and drivers. Toyota managed to finish the 2013 season in second place, ending the series above Ford and below Chevrolet with 14 wins out of 36 starts. You’ve gotta hand it to Toyota as it was only a few points away from becoming the first non-U.S. automaker to win the Sprint Cup since the series’ formation in 1949. As we get closer to the 2015 season, the Japanese manufacturer is introducing an update to the Camry race car, which follows a facelift launched for the road-legal sedan, the best-selling car in America for 12 straight years.

Naturally, the purpose of this update is to transfer the looks of the refreshed 2015 Camry onto the NASCAR track, and it brings no drivetrain improvements whatsoever, as all Gen-6 NASCAR models are built on the same underpinnings. Read on to find out what makes the 2015 Camry race car different when compared to its predecessor.

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One quick peek at the race car’s front end reveals the most important changes TRD and Toyota’s Calty Design center have operated on the sedan. The 2015 Camry’s new face was essentially slapped on the lightweight NASCAR body, with the large, trapezoidal gaping mouth giving the oval track Camry a much more aggressive appearance. The front grille, headlamps and daytime running lights of the road car were also painted on the body. The race car bears a lesser resemblance to the production sedan around back, but the new taillights and the chrome trim between them are present on the shell.


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The Drivertrain of the Toyota Camry NASCAR race car carries over unchanged for the 2015 season. The body is bolted onto the same steel tube frame introduced with the Gen-6 model in 2012 and hides a 5.86-liter pushrod V-8 engine connected to a four-speed manual transmission. The current mills generate about 865 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque.


Ford Fusion NASCAR

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The Ford Fusion has been racing in the Sprint Cup in its current form since the 2013 season. The racer was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, alongside the production sedan, following a tradition that dates back to 1968. Not surprising, the recipe is very similar to what Toyota did with the Camry. Although the NASCAR-spec Fusion boasts an aggressive stance and a coupe-like shell, it keeps the proportions found in the production car.

The new Fusion’s first Sprint Cup season wasn’t quite successful, as Ford finished last in the manufacturer’s championship, with only six wins to its name. Things got better in 2014, where the Blue Oval is still fighting for the title with Chevrolet with five events to go as of 10/13/2014. Five teams running on a complete NASCAR schedule are using Ford Fusions for the 2014 season.

Chevrolet SS NASCAR

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The SS NACAR racer was also unveiled for the 2013 season, but, unlike Ford, Chevy chose to introduce the track car before its road-legal counterpart. The SS debuted to a Sprint Unlimited non-championship race win in its first outing, while Jimmie Johnson gave it a winning debut at the 2013 Daytona 500. The SS went on to win the manufacturers’ title in 2013 by clinching 16 trophies in 36 events.

The Chevy SS returned for the 2014 championship as the vehicle of choice of no less than 11 teams, more than Ford and Toyota put together. As a result, Chevrolet is on its way to yet another manufacturers’ title, leading the standing with 16 race wins with five events left until the season closes.

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Press Release

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) today introduced the new 2015 Toyota Camry race car that will compete in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) competition beginning next season.

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With the announcement of the 2015 Camry race car, Toyota becomes the first manufacturer in the series to update the NASCAR ‘Gen-6’ model — which was initially introduced in 2012 for competition beginning during the 2013 season. In addition, a redesigned Camry will also be used in next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series, currently the Nationwide Series.

The 2015 Camry race car marks the culmination of a redesign to provide the vehicle with a more unique identity — and a look similar to the 2015 production Camry that was introduced earlier this year. TRD worked together with Calty Design, part of Toyota’s global network design team, to update the on-track Camry and incorporate design elements from the new 2015 production Camry into the race car.

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“We’re thrilled to finally be able to show off our new 2015 Camry race car — becoming the first manufacturer to update the ‘Gen-6’ model that was introduced before the start of the 2013 season,” said Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience. “We anticipate that fans will appreciate the development behind this bold Camry design — both on the race track and the showroom floor. Fans will have the chance to get an up close look at our new 2015 Camry in our NASCAR activation and fan engagement activities.”

The boldest change to the new 2015 NSCS Camry is the aggressive front end and grill area, which looks exactly like its production counterpart. In addition, the new Camry boasts an all new, sleek hood and nose, along with a new tail of the car. A distinct change in the quarter windows also adds to the sleeker look.

“A lot of hard work has gone into redesigning the 2015 Camry race car for NASCAR competition,” said David Wilson, TRD’s president and general manager. “It was a challenging process balancing performance and design, but working closely with Calty Design, NASCAR and our race team partners, we were able to develop a race car that looks similar to its production counterpart — and provide a performance upgrade on the race track.”

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For 12 straight years, and 16 of the past 17 years, the Camry has been the best-selling car in America. Built at Toyota manufacturing facilities in Georgetown, Ky. and Lafayette, Ind., the Camry has been named the ‘Most American Car’ by Cars.com’s American-Made Index for four consecutive years.

In an effort to create more distinct and stock vehicles for the race track, NASCAR worked together with the three series manufacturers prior to the 2013 season to determine what areas were either ‘locked in’ or ‘open’ for unique design. NASCAR along with the manufacturers have also worked together to allow for updates to each manufacturer’s design — with Toyota being the first manufacturer to work through that update process.

“The redesigned Toyota Camry race car is a byproduct of the vastly improved collaboration that has taken place between NASCAR and its auto manufacturers during the past three years,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Toyota’s dedication to remodel its Gen-6 race car to more closely resemble its street production counterpart has been exemplary, and we look forward to watching it perform on the track each weekend in 2015.”

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The new 2015 Toyota Camry will make its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Daytona International Speedway during February’s ‘Speedweeks.’

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