Rutledge Wood, four drivers design their own Camrys
Toyota has once again brought out a fleet of unique show cars to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to the extreme C-HR R-Tuned, Toyota teamed up with TV personality Rutledge Wood and four NASCAR drivers to customize five new 2018 Camry sedans.
Former TV show host and current NASCAR analyst Rutledge Wood worked with Real Time Automotive Solutions to bring his unique vision to life. The host asked for a custom exterior paint called “Burple,” and specified rose gold wheels backed by neon green brake calipers. The interior is inspired by a baseball glove, and features brown leather with contrast stitching. The custom front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, headlight buckets, and hood were all 3D-printed, while the multi-piece widebody fenders are made of composite materials. Other modifications include a Megan Racing suspension, Magnaflow exhaust, Wilwood brakes, and Rotiform three-piece wheels measuring 20×10 in the front and 20×11 in the rear.
NASCAR’s Daniel Suarez paired with Motorsports Technical Center for his custom Camry. The race car driver has been involved with custom cars his whole life and was heavily involved with this project. Suarez designed the ductwork in the Camry’s hood and also helped design the custom Rotiform three-piece wheels. The car also features a custom carbon-fiber rear spoiler and front splitter, TRD exhaust, AEM cold air intake, Tein coilovers, and StopTech brakes with Hawk performance brake pads. There’s also a ghost image of Suarez’s racing number hidden on the front bumper that you’ll see only in just the right lighting.
Martin Truex Jr.
The first things that jump out about Martin Truex Jr.’s Toyota Camry is the matte black exterior paint and custom 20-inch American Racing wheels made to look like racing steelies. It’s a menacing look that’s subtly enhanced by trim pieces coated in cobalt Cerakote, a polymer-ceramic material known for its toughness. In addition, Truex Jr. specified StopTech brakes, a TRD exhaust, AEM cold air intake, and Tein coilovers.
Perhaps the best execution of a widebody kit of all the SEMA Camrys, Denny Hamlin’s one-off sedan uses 3-inch fender flares that accommodate extra-wide 20×10-inch custom wheels from American Racing. Because one of Hamlin’s goals was to make the Camry feel comfortable on his home track of Virginia International Raceway, those wheels are wrapped in super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber. The Camry also gets a Tein coilover suspension, StopTech brakes, a TRD exhaust, AEM cold air intake, and Recaro racing seats with Schroth four-point harnesses. The narrow double stripe that runs down the middle of the car is just his racing number stretched out. You can see the number 11 right in front of the hood.
You can’t really appreciate this build, called the “Rowdy Edition II,” until you understand the work that went into it. NASCAR Cup champ Kyle Busch worked with Chuck Gafrarar of Chuck G Fabrication for his Camry, and the end result is pretty restrained compared to some of the other NASCAR drivers’ cars. Gafrarar specializes in metal fabrication, and created the rear spoiler, front splitter, and rear diffuser from scratch. Those pieces get a bare-metal finish, while the front valance, lip, A-pillars, and roof receive a chrome wrap. He also custom-made the exhaust tips and hood ducts. The project rides on custom 20×8.5-inch American Racing forged wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 tires, and is underpinned by a Tein coilover suspension. Inside, the Camry gets a custom leather interior with red stitching and “Rowdy Edition” logos.