Toyota Camry NASCAR More Like Street Car than Ever

Toyota today pulled the wraps off its 2013 Camry NASCAR, which will compete against the all-new Ford Fusion and Dodge Charger NASCARs in next year’s Sprint Cup Series.

The new Toyota Camry NASCAR is designed to look more like the street car than ever before. A change in NASCAR rules allowed manufacturers to have unique bodywork that relates to their respective models on showroom floors, rather than being nothing more than badge and sticker jobs.

The new 2013 Toyota Camry NASCAR features a unique front fascia that matches that of the Camry SE production car. The Camry NASCAR also features similar character lines on its profile and rear as the street car.

“We’re thrilled to finally unveil our new 2013 Camry and we think NASCAR fans will really appreciate that our new on-track Camry looks like the one in their driveways,” said Toyota VP of marketing communications and motorsports Ed Laukes in a release.

“We all worked together to put the ‘S’ back in NASCAR,” said Lee White, chief of Toyota Racing Development, “We all wanted race cars that look more like our stock, production models – and [we’ve] accomplished that.”

Despite the visual similarities between the new Camry NASCAR and the street car, and the mechanical similarities (fuel-injection!), with a big V-8 up front powering the wheels in the rear, the Camry NASCAR remains far from stock. Here’s hoping for a street version.

The 2013 Camry NASCAR is pictured at left, while the out-going 2012 Camry NASCAR is pictured on the right.

Source: Toyota

Image Source: Toyota Racing

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