• Oct 29, 2010
RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

After showing off the Tacoma RTR Concept, we didn't think Toyota could find another way to toy with our emotions. We were wrong. Rob Kauffman, the owner of RK Collection and co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, has teamed up with Toyota Racing development to produce a street-legal, NASCAR-inspired high-performance Camry.

Those words don't seem like they should go together, but the parts list for the RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition reads like the shopping list for a potential dream car. The most important piece of that list sits under the hood: a 358 cubic inch TRD NASCAR V8 engine producing 680 horsepower, which is paired with a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission.

It's as if Rob Kauffman was reading our dreams and then built the most exciting Camry on the planet. The RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition will be waiting for our cameras (and our hearts) at the rapidly approaching SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Hit the jump for the press release.



[Source: Toyota]

Show full PR text
2010 SEMA Show: RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition

The RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition makes its public debut at the 2010 SEMA Show. The special two-door Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition was developed by RK Collection (RKC) to assist Toyota Racing Development (TRD) in visualizing the virtues of a standard Camry and morphing them into a powerful NASCAR counterpart.

The project was the visionary inspiration of Rob Kauffman, founder of RKC and co-owner of the NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing. The project was developed with the dual purpose of building and running a high-performance street legal Toyota Camry with a NASCAR engine. In partnership with TRD, RKC brought the concept to life with illustrations and a technical specs outline, rebuilding this one-of-a-kind high performance street machine. The vehicle was designed to showcase the technical alliance between TRD and RKC and demonstrate the connection between Toyota's production vehicles and its strong NASCAR program.

The exterior shell of the vehicle is a RKC custom made 2010 Camry two-door body sheet metal. RKC used the body as a canvas and installed several race car features including a custom body kit, Toyota grill, carbon fiber brake ducts with fog lights and TRD emblems. The car sits on TSW Jarama wheels that measure 20 x 8.5 inches in the front and 20 x 10 in the rear and fitted with 245/35/20 Michelin Pilot tires in the front and 285/20/30 in the rear.

Underneath the exterior shell sits a powerful TRD NASCAR V8 engine that measures 358 cubic inches and delivers a blistering 680 horsepower at 8500 RPM. The engine is mated to a Tremic T-56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission with a Ram dual-disc street clutch.

Race car handling is achieved through Camry modified Macpherson struts in the front and a Venza modified multi-link independent suspension in the rear. Shocks are coil over, single adjustable.

The high performance of the NASCAR Camry can be heard through a custom three-inch exhaust with X-pipe, Thrush mufflers, Quicktime performance cut out, custom side exhaust tips and high temperature turbo Black coating by H.M. Elliot Inc.

Inside, The NASCAR Camry is modified with custom leather-covered panels, a suede headliner with integrated rear tweeters, leather-covered power seats with custom TRD billet logos, a billet shifter and a dashboard with SPEK gauges by Proparts. Comfort is enhanced with air conditioning provided by Vintage Air. For added safety a four-point roll cage was installed.

A powerful audio system was required to help offset the throaty performance under the hood. This was accomplished with a Pioneer AVIC-2110BT DVD/NAV receiver. Boston Acoustics contributed to the high-performance sound with two GT-275 75w amps, four GT-475 75w amps, two pair of SR-60 two-way 6.5 component speakers and a G212-44 12-inch subwoofer.

After its debut at the 2010 SEMA Show the RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition can be seen during the NASCAR race weekend beginning November 12 at the Phoenix International Raceway.

# # #

RK Collection Toyota Camry NASCAR Edition Features

Exterior
• RKC Custom made two-door 2010 Camry Body Sheet Metal
• RKC Custom Body Kit, Nose/Tail, Flare/Side Skirt/Spoiler
• RKC Custom Toyota Grill's
• RKC Custom Carbon Fiber Brake Ducts with Fog Lights
• RKC Custom TRD emblems

Tires/Wheels
• TSW Jarama 20X8.5 Front - 20X10 Rear
• Michelin Pilot 245/35/20 Front – 285/20/30 Rear

Interior
• Custom Leather Covered Panels
• Custom Suede Headliner with Integrated Rear Tweeters
• Custom four-Point Roll Cage
• Custom Leather Covered Power Seats with Custom TRD Billet Logos
• Custom Billet Shifter
• Custom Dash with SPEK gauges by Proparts
• Air conditioning by Vintage Air

Audio
• Pioneer AVIC-2110BT DVD/NAV receiver
• Boston Acoustics
o Gt-275 75w x 2 Amps.
o Gt-475 75w x 4 Amp.
o Two- pair SR-60 two-way 6.5 Component Speakers
o 1 G212-44 12' Subwoofer

Engine/Transmission
• TRD NASCAR Engine-V8 Configuration
- Displacement- 358 cubic inches
- Power- 680 HP @ 8500 RPM
- Bore/Stroke - 4.185 inch/3.25 inch
- Oil System- five-stage dry sump
• Custom Wilson Throttle Body Injection
• Motec Engine Management
• Custom Fluidyne radiator
• RKC Custom Header
• RKC Custom Air Intake with K&N Filters
• RKC Custom A/C Mounts
• Quicktime Bell Housing
• Custom Ram Dual Disc Street Clutch
• Tremic T-56 Magnum 6-Speed

Suspension
Front
• RKC Modified Camry Sub frame
• D2 Coil Over Struts
• Custom Lower Control Arms
• Speedway Engineering 1 ¼ Splined Sway Bar
• Woodward Power Rack
• Wilwood 14.25 Rotors
• Brembo six-piston GT Calipers/ radial Mounted

Rear
• Modified 2010 Vensa Sub frame with Lexus SC-430 Differential
• SC-430 Differential with TRD Locker
• Custom Adjustable Control Arms
• Custom Driveshaft and Axles from The Driveshaft Shop
• D2 Coil over
• Wilwood 14' Rotors
• Brembo 4-Piston GT Calipers radial Mounted

Exhaust
• Custom three-inch Exhaust with X-Pipe
• Thrush Mufflers
• Quicktime Performance Cut Out
• Custom Side Exhaust Tips
• High Temp Turbo Black Coating by H.M. Elliott INC.

Participating Suppliers
• Brembo
• Fluidyne high Performance
• Michael Waltrip Racing
• Michelin Tires
• PPG
• Speedway Engineering
• Specialty Automotive Materials
• Toyota Racing Development
• Tremec Transmissions
• Vintage Air
• Wilwood Engineering
• Brown & Miller Racing Solutions
• ProParts
• Hushmat


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol

      no...

      just no
        • 4 Years Ago
        FAIL +1,000 for not realizing that all NASCAR motors use carbs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly, followed by ...WTH?
        • 4 Years Ago
        FAIL +1,000 for using a carbed' version of that motor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Camry looks truely awesome ... amazing what abit of imagination can do !!

      In Australia, we have a mildly restyled V6 Camry called the Aurion and it looks quite good.

      About 2 yrs ago, TRD Australia (which unfortuantely folded when the GFC took hold) supercharged the 3.5 v6 and completely reworked the suspension and brakes to produce a performance orientated model known as the TRD Aurion and quite frankly ... it looks really good. If my memory services me correctly, i believe only 888 units were produced on behalf of ProDrive.

      Output was rated at 241kw / 323hp which admittedly is a lot of power to be channeled through the front wheels so under hard acceleration the car did suffer from torque steer. However, despite the envitable torque steer that was going to exsist - the TRD Aurion handled extremely well (for a FWD car) while the brakes offered a healthy amount of stopping power. Infact, they were applauded by many automotive journals because they offered good resistance to premature brake fade even after several hard stopping manuvers (spelling).

      For those who might be interested .... google 'TRD Aurion' and checkout the car for yourself, i'm sure many readers will agree our local boys done a very good job with the car. I'll be interested to see what some of you think

      Cheers
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol Ultimate sleeper?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially given the snore-inducing design of the 'stock car itself.


        ...but if NASCAR inspired, should it not be some body template with just grille and badge stickers?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kinda seems like something Brabus would do with a Camry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota Camry and Donnie and Marie Osmond. That's about right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That TRD donk is just awesome ... i want one NOW !!

      A couple of days ago i read about the RTR (Ready To Race) Tacoma and truely loved the idea. Infact, it is great. 505hp i think they said it was rated at which is about 373kw in our terms ... a healthy amount of ponies.

      In conjunction with the TRD Aurion, TRD Australia also developed a TRD Hilux which also involved supercharging the engine and reworking the suspension and brakes to create quite a decent machine. The Hilux uses two engines here in Australia with the most popular choice being the 3.0 Turbo Diesel and the widely used 4.0 V6 ofwhich TRD Oz chose to supercharge. The end result was 225kw / 300hp.

      Once again ... for those interested, google 'TRD Hilux' and have a look. Unfortunately, the Hilux and Aurion were the only 2 models TRD fettled with here in Australia however i certainly like alot of the fettling TRD North America has done over the years including thier involvement in NASCAR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      DAMNNNNN nascar did it backwards, instead of the manufacture making the racing car look like the show car its the other wa around,......and i like it, i mean where else are you gonna get a street legal car with over 680HP and look like its racing counterpart DAMN i for one digg along with all the mods this is a toyo i'd buy for sure!!!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        way*

        ohh and this actually now for the first time has me excited for the SEMA show. ok now im pumped brah!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't see the point of this, unless Toyota is planning to do some beefy upgrade trim models for the Camry or something, which is laughable considering how bland Toyota have become over the years.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The Toyota camry was always bland. It became a huge hit because it was a reliable appliance for the masses. Still, the new camrys are far better than the old ones with a 268hp 6speed auto that does 20/29. Has nice leather, navigation, and other modern day amenities. You're beating a dead horse saying how bland it is. It's always been bland and I much rather have a new camry than all previous generations. Obviously, I'd modify it with suspension and stickier tires if I were to buy one.

        As for the rendering, those corona rings look good on the camry. The body kit doesn't look bad if it was raised a bit and they got rid of the lip. And as for enthusiast-wishful thinking.. If they made this in RWD with a manual trans. it would be something I would consider purchasing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time I see 'TRD' I think it says turd
        • 4 Years Ago
        It stands for Tacky Racing Decal lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter how you slice it and dice it...........it's a Toyota......yawn!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 doors +
      rwd +
      680hp +
      interior +
      carb -
      wheels - (nascar theme needs nascar wheel and tires,at least a custom 17")

      damn! why there is no rear interior picture?
    • Load More Comments