Toyota Sleeper Camry at 2014 SEMA
The 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show finally kicked off last night. We’ve been filling you in on some of the more exciting news leading up to the event, but last night something was introduced that we literally did not see coming. There was a Toyota Sleeper Camry at 2014 SEMA, making its debut last night to a crowd of shocked Toyota fans.
In the world of drag racing the term sleeper defines a car that appears as normal as possible, but beneath its stealthy exterior has the ability to blow competition out of the water. This is precisely why the seemingly normal Toyota Camry didn’t turn many heads when it was first rolled out into the Toyota booth last night on November 4th. But as soon as they lifted the body kit, revealing the 850-horsepower dragster beneath it, the crowd got very excited.
Toyota and Motorsports Technical Center worked together to build one of the most extreme aftermarket Toyota vehicles ever built. The innocent appearance of the 2015 Toyota Camry body is truly misleading, as beneath the frame and full tube-frame chassis lies the guts of a Tundra. The 5.7L V8 engine, transmission, rear axle and electronics were all taken right out of a 2015 Toyota Tundra. Pair that with a TRD supercharger and wet nitrous system, and you have a beast of a vehicle that could compete with the guys in Fast & Furious.
It might look like a Camry but it’s much more than that. All of the upgraded innards get paired with DOT 335/30/18 drag racing tires which are expected to help the Sleeper Camry achieve an absolutely incredible quarter-mile time of 9.8 seconds. While this vehicle won’t be released for public purchase, it’s still exciting to hear what is possible from a Toyota vehicle. This has us even more excited about the future of Toyota performance, and in particular the prospective Toyota FT1.