New NASCAR Toyota: 'Aggressive' 2017 Cup contender unveiled

Toyota has unveiled an "aggressive" new NASCAR contender for this season based on its 2018 road-going Camry

New NASCAR Toyota: 'Aggressive' 2017 Cup contender unveiled

The manufacturer unveiled the road and NASCAR versions of the car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.

Camry chief designer Masato Katsumata oversaw the project with engineers from Calty Design Research, Toyota's North American design studio and Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

TRD and Calty worked with NASCAR to assure the same character lines from the show room model transferred to the race car.

"The 2018 Toyota Camry NASCAR race car has been years in the making, and to unveil it simultaneously with our new production Camry is a milestone moment for our organisation," said Ed Laukes, vice president of integrated marketing operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.

"The collaboration between Calty Design Group and TRD has produced a NASCAR Camry that showcases aggressive styling that is sure to turn heads on the race track and among our fans in Toyota showrooms across the country.

"Reimagining both the Camry race car and its production counterpart has been a tremendous undertaking and our goal has been to maintain parallel design characteristics so our fans can enjoy driving a Camry that closely resembles the one their favorite NASCAR driver races each weekend."

Toyota made its NASCAR Cup debut in 2007, and it sealed its first manufacturer's title last year after winning 16 of 36 races — including the Daytona 500.

In the last decade, Toyota drivers have amassed 95 victories in NASCAR's premier division.

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