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SEMA 2014: Toyota stuns everyone with 850-hp Camry

Toyota took everyone by surprise at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a Sleeper Camry rated at 850 horsepower -- and it only took engineers 11 weeks to build it.

In drag racing terms, a “sleeper” is a car that looks as innocuous as possible, but has the means to blow the doors off the competition. On the outside, the Sleeper Camry looks sporty in a very understated way, but once you inspect the cabin and the engine bay, its true nature comes out. 

Based on the new 2015 Toyota Camry, this beast of a sedan is equipped with a Tundra-sourced 5.7L V8, transmission, and rear axle. The engine is blown with a TRD supercharger and also features a wet nitrous system. 

Beefy DOT 335/30/18 drag racing tires are expected to help propel the Sleeper Camry to a blistering quarter-mile time of 9.80 seconds.

“This is the most extreme build we’ve ever unveiled at SEMA,” said Toyota Engagement Marketing and Motorsports National Manager Steve Appelbaum. “The transformation from seemingly stock Camry to full-blown racecar just shocks the senses. Chuck Wade and the team at Motorsports Technical Center did a truly spectacular job executing the vision of this project.”