Toyota officials are hopeful that the manufacturer’s overall performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will improve thanks to its new 2015 Camry, which was unveiled today at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The ’15 Camry certainly appears more aggressively styled than this year’s version, but time will tell if the car can help Toyota catch up to rivals Chevrolet and Ford.
During the press conference, Andy Graves, vice president of chassis development for TRD (Toyota Racing Development), said the biggest challenge of creating the new machine was taking into account feedback from the Toyota driver stable.
“That’s the way the car handles in traffic, the transient conditions, the transient aspects of the vehicle on the track – and [then] try to understand how to measure and do a better job of refining that,” said Graves.
Graves also maintained that the wind tunnel numbers for the 2015 Camry remain the same.
“It’s the things that can’t be measured in the wind tunnel – that’s where we worked,” he added. “We’ve had a rough year in 2014, and we feel like this car is gonna put us back on track in 2015.”
Per Graves, design for the 2015 Camry first started in April of 2013 and the car’s first wind tunnel test took place in January of this year. He also confirmed that the car will receive a proper track test before the start of Daytona Speedweeks next February.
Here’s a few more pictures of the 2015 Camry for Sprint Cup, as well as a look at the 2015 Camry for the NASCAR XFINITY Series.