The Toyota Camry and Toyota Prius Hit the Race Track
The Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius are beloved automobiles, renowned for their practicality and dependability. They’re good, solid vehicles for families on the go with errands to run and sports practices to get to. But these iconic Toyota vehicles are often left out of the conversation when it comes to high performance, fun-to-drive automobiles. The engineers who design these vehicles know just how well they can perform, and that’s why those engineers have taken the 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Toyota Prius to the track.
At the 2018 Tire Rack One Lap of America, which took place this month from May 5 – 12, Toyota engineering teams hailed from manufacturing plants in Indiana and West Virginia, along with the automaker’s Production Engineering & Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Kentucky, brought the redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry SE, XSE and Hybrid to the track, along with the 2017 Toyota Prius. The event saw cars tackle an eight-day, 3,675-mile race spanning seven different road courses.
Even ahead of the event, the Toyota brand surpassed expectations. According to Toyota Indiana engineer James Nichols, “We were doing track testing just a few days ago with the [Toyota] Camry Hybrid. It was met with humor by other drivers in the paddock, but, when we started passing cars on the track, the atmosphere changed. I think we’re going to surprise some people out there.”
U.S. News & World Report named the 2018 Toyota Camry their choice for the #1 midsize car, highlighting the fact that “For 2018, the [Toyota] Camry gets a boost in performance thanks to more powerful engine choices and improved driving dynamics.” If you haven’t seen the redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry, head into Toyota of Newnan near LaGrange, GA to check it out. The aggressive two-piece grille and athletic, aerodynamic profile are sure to change what you think you know about this Toyota sedan. And be sure to check out the similarly sleek 2018 Toyota Prius.