Toyota Camry Sedans and a Prius to Run a Lap in 2018 America Road Rally

Toyota Camry Sedans and a Prius to Run a Lap in 2018 America Road Rally


Toyota has decided to tackle head-on some
of the criticism surrounding two of its best-selling vehicles, the Camry and Prius, by making them
run the 3,400-mile Tire Rack One Lap of America road rally. The One Lap of America kicks off Saturday
at the Tire Rack headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, and it will test the endurance of
drivers and machines as it forces its participants to push their stamina to the limit during
racetrack and public road rally stages. The successor to the legendary Cannonball
Run of the early ’70s will see the participation of several supercars ranging from Ferraris
to Lamborghinis, but it will also see three teams of engineers from different Toyota manufacturing
plants get behind the wheel of their own creations, among others. The lab-coat-wearing daredevils will pilot
three 2018 Camry sedans, an XSE, SE, and a Hybrid model, during the week-long event. The statement released by Toyota also claims
that a 2017 Prius will also take part in the event, but it doesn’t explain to what extent
or who will be driving it. “We were doing track testing just a few
days ago with the Camry Hybrid,” said Toyota Indiana engineer James Nichols. “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.” One of the three teams is already a veteran
of the audacious multi-state drive, making this 2018 edition their fourth year at the
wheel of an understated Toyota vehicle. “We truly believe that lessons we learn
on the track in vehicle performance, safety, problem-solving and teamwork make us better
engineers,” said Toyota Senior Engineering Manager Brandon Barach. The One Lap of America will take place from
May 5 through May 12 and it will cover over 3,400 miles as well as visit seven race tracks
located along the route, where drivers will earn points depending on their lap times.

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