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DRAG RACING CAMRY WILL LEAVE THEM BEHIND

A Camry that can blast down the straight at an astounding 354 km/h will make its Australian drag race debut at Queensland's Willowbank Raceway during the Castrol EDGE Jamboree from November 2-3.

Tony Wedlock, former Australian National Drag Racing Association Group One Pro Stock champion, will be behind the wheel.

Wedlock's new Toyota Camry is the quickest Pro Factory Extreme class vehicle in Australia - and one of the quickest in the world.

The Camry is scheduled to make six runs at the drag racing event.

"Pro Factory Extreme is an exciting new class," he said. "There will be four entries at Willowbank, and next year we are hoping to have eight.

"The Camry will do zero to 100 kilometres per hour in less than one second. It pulls 3Gs of force during acceleration. When you tell people that, they really sit up and take notice."

In full flight the Camry can cover the quarter mile in less than 6.5 seconds due to its impressive six-cylinder, 3.2-litre, 1800hp Toyota 2JZ turbocharged engine.

The full carbon-fibre body dragster is still easily identifiable as a Camry, complete with Toyota grille badge and TRD insignia, and uses a number of production parts throughout the car.

Minimum weight for the class is approximately 1115 kilograms.

Vehicles in this class must have an engine that matches the badge on the bonnet. That means a Toyota body shape must have a Toyota engine, and the engine must be less than four-litre capacity.

The car was built by RJ Race Cars in the United States and is now the property of Wedlock's Ultimate Motorsports Team in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Even a seasoned drag racer like Tony Wedlock admits he is overawed by the performance of the Camry.

He describes it as an 'absolute animal of a car' and like nothing he has ever driven before.

The team is expecting delivery of a further Camry, which will take to the tracks in 2008.

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For further information contact:
Todd Connolly
Motorsport manager
todd.connolly@toyota.com.au
T: 0438 249 808



 
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Tony Wedlock launches his Camry on another 350 km/h-plus run.