Toyota says that designer Masato Katsumata and the rest of the 2018 Camry's team worked super hard to make the new NASCAR Camry "showcase the same aggressive attributes as its updated production sibling".
That was crucial you know, because rear-wheel drive V8 race cars with 700+ horses usually look boring parked next to your neighbor's Camry.[contentlinks align='center' textonly='false' numbered='false' headline='Related%20Story' customtitles='2018%20Toyota%20Camry:%20Here%20It%20Is' customimages='' content='article.32219']
Toyota decided to make its race car look like a beefed up V6 Camry, which is a real shame because the new hybrid version has an even wider fake grille ready for all the air available in 2018. Using that bumper probably could have helped the NASCAR Camry swallow Fords and Chevys in one bite on the oval. Maybe that can be an upgrade for 2019.
Toyota entered NASCAR Premier Series competition with the Camry ten years ago and won its first driver's championship in 2015, followed by its first manufacturer's championship in 2016. The new race car will first compete at Daytona International Speedway on February 18 in The Clash at Daytona before defending its Daytona 500 title on Sunday, Feb. 26.