• 2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez

    2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez
  • White-on-black paint scheme
  • Actual aero enhancements
  • Custom 20-inch wheels
  • Shapely custom hood
  • Functional front splitter
  • Trapezoidal exhaust tips
  • Rear diffuser and rear wing
  • Bright-red factory upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Breathing mods for engine
  • Tein coilover suspension

A fresh take on Toyota’s bread and butter

While there are plenty of older builders out there, car modification is inherently a youthful endeavor, don’tcha think? Indeed, how many older individuals do you see out there driving custom cars versus the younger crowd? As such, it makes sense that Toyota asked its youngest NASCAR driver, 25-year-old Daniel Suarez, to have a hand in building this custom Camry. Granted, Toyota is giving several of its NASCAR drivers a chance to customize their own 2018 Camry, but we think Suarez might have a leg up on his colleagues. Funny enough, not only is Suarez’s youthful demeanor an asset but so is his experience. “I grew up in the car customization business,” he explains, “so I’m very hands-on when it comes to this kind of project. I wanted to keep the Camry’s athletic, refined aspect but morph it into a track-ready vehicle.” As such, his revisions to the popular four-door sedan include new body components, a white-on-black paint scheme, a freshened interior, a few extra ponies under the hood, and a sharp suspension set-up.

Suarez currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving with Joe Gibbs Racing in the number 19 Camry. He also enjoys the occasional stint in the Xfinity Series behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 and number 20 Camrys. The young talent secured a championship win in the Xfinity Series last year – the question is, can his Camry secure some attention at SEMA in 2017?

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez.

What Makes The Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez Special

  • White-on-black paint scheme
  • Actual aero enhancements
  • Custom 20-inch wheels
  • Breathing mods for engine
  • Tein coilover suspension

Doesn’t Look Too Shabby…

2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez Exterior
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Shapely custom hood
Suarez collaborated with Motorsports Technical Center to help with the build, while Misfits Industries was responsible for the paint and bodywork

Suarez collaborated with Motorsports Technical Center to help with the build, while Misfits Industries was responsible for the paint and bodywork. The whole thing gets a white-on-black color scheme, which manages to lend the vehicle a more premium feel overall. This includes a black roof and black A-pillars, while the rest of the body is finished in a shade of Pearl White. There are further black components in the front fascia and rear bumper. A shapely custom hood adds sinewy muscle lines to the nose.

Speaking of body components, Suarez’s Camry gets added performance thanks to a functional front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing, all of which combine to create some real downforce on the track. Unfortunately, Toyota didn’t give any specific figures on just how much downforce is created.

2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez Exterior
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Rear diffuser and rear wing
Suarez’s Camry gets added performance thanks to a functional front splitter, rear diffuser, and rear wing, all of which combine to create some real downforce on the track.

Moving to the back, and we find the car uses trapezoidal exhaust tips that look flush with the new bumper and diffuser.

Finally, there are some fresh rollers in the corners, measuring in at 20 inches in diameter. Constructed from alloy and produced by Rotiform, the star-inspired design uses a polished lip and a black center, and was created specifically for the build.

Any Cool Stuff In The Interior?

2018 Toyota Camry Daniel Suarez Interior
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Bright-red factory upholstery with red contrast stitching
Despite the bright-red factory upholstery and some additional red contrast stitching, there isn’t a whole lot going on in the cabin

Despite the bright-red factory upholstery and some additional red contrast stitching, there isn’t a whole lot going on in the cabin. Supplementary upgrades include a few extraneous logos and carbon fiber accents.

While a little disappointing, it’s not entirely unexpected. The 2018 already gets a pretty nice cabin space straight out of the box, especially with the right trim level, so we won’t hold it against Toyota for wanting to show it off in mostly stock form.

Does It Have The Go To Match The Show?

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This Camry was upgraded with a new cold-air intake from AEM and a new exhaust from Toyota Racing Development (TRD)

Indeed it does. While it won’t rip burnouts quite like Suarez’s V-8-powered race car, this Camry was upgraded with a new cold-air intake from AEM and a new exhaust from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Assuming it’s rocking the same 3.5-liter V-6 from the XSE trim level, we’d assume an extra 10 ponies or so were added by these enhancements, bringing peak output to around 278 horsepower.

Harnessing the extra go is a coilover suspension system from Tein, which regulates the plus-sized wheels with tenacious control. The 20-inch alloys are 8.5 inches wide, and come wrapped in Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric tire compound for added grip. Finally, StopTech provides the stoppers, and come fitted with Hawk pads for extra bite.

References

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Press release

Debuting at Toyota’s 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display, Daniel Suarez’s all-new 2018 Camry is as capable as you might expect from Toyota’s youngest star driver.

“Daniel may be the new guy at the party, but he’s already made an impact in his rookie season,” said Steve Curtis, vice president of media and engagement marketing for Toyota Motor North America. “He told us his build would be both sporty and refined, which is exactly what the all-new Camry is about.”

“I grew up in the car customizing business, so I’m very hands-on when it comes to this kind of project,” Suarez said. “I wanted to keep the Camry’s athletic, refined aspect but morph it into a track-ready vehicle.”

Not only is Suarez a NASCAR driver, he’s also a committed car guy who grew up in the customization business. He teamed up with Motorsports Technical Center (MTC) to bring his vision for the modified Camry to life.

It all begins with Misfit Industries’ paint and finishing work, a true sight to behold. From the exhaust tips to the custom hood, Misfit was able to amplify the already-sporty lines of the 2018 Camry.

“Daniel’s been building cars since he was a kid, so he had a really good idea of how he wanted it to turn out,” said MTC owner Marty Schwerter. “He was very specific with the wheels, so that was something we spent a lot of time on.”

Those wheels are 20x8.5-inch Rotiform alloys that were specifically cut for this car and fitted with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires for maximum performance. StopTech brakes and Hawk pads provide stopping power. A custom Tein coil-over suspension drops the Camry over this rolling package.

Engine performance is bumped up several notches with an AEM intake and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) exhaust with tips that mount flush with the custom rear bumper and diffuser. The team also developed a functional front splitter and rear wing that work in tandem to produce usable downforce at speed.

The Suarez Camry was designed to stand out in any crowd, featuring a striking white-on-black color scheme, with a black roof and A-pillars that offset the pearl-white body color.

The factory interior is a fusion of functionality, futuristic styling, and a high degree of personal space and craftsmanship, with just a bit of edginess added by contrasting red-stitched Suarez logos and a smattering of carbon-fiber accents.

Daniel Suarez’s Custom Camry—along with numerous other Toyota specialty vehicles—can be found in the Toyota display booth (#24800) in Central Hall and on the Patio Annex of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Oct. 31- Nov. 3, 2017.

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