Video of the Day: 2012 Toyota Camry and NASCAR - Odd Couple?

By Joel Arellano | August 26, 2011
Toyota has been involved in NASCAR racing series since 2000 with its (now discontinued) Celica winning the Goody's Dash series in 2001. In 2006, naysayers cried foul when the automaker announced it would compete in the 2007 Nextel Cup and Busch series, saying only American cars could participate in NASCAR. Toyota brought its Kentucky-built Camry to race in the series where it has been since. We admit, though, we still have a hard time seeing America's top selling family sedan, known for its quiet and smooth rides, performing figure eights and burn-outs. But those are what famed NASCAR driver Kyle Busch exactly does -- with lots and lots and lots of smoke and even lightning! -- in the following videos:

What do you think of the Camry after watching the videos? Let us know in the comments below. We'd especially like to know what tech made it from the race track into the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Source: Youtube

  • 2012 Toyota Camry Right Nascar
  • 2012 Toyota Camry Se Rear Right Paramount Studios1
  • 2012 Toyota Camry Xle Hybrid Front Left Paramount Studio1
  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Se Le Xle Group1
  • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Badge1
 
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Jason Davis
Jason Davis

Dangerous Situation, While I don't doubt your experience with the RAV4, your statement "Toyota should not be involved with Racing where Brakes are very necessary" is not a logical conclusion. In fact, Toyota has done moderately well in motor sports and brakes have not been an issue. In general, "brakes" encompass several components, including pads, disc rotors, calipers, and brake lines and fluid. All of these systems receive wear, and some more than others. For an entry-level crossover SUV, the RAV4 might not have Formula1-inspired braking system, but it does meet the US DOT regulations. If, as you state, you have worn "brakes" at just 15,000 miles, the three possibilities are defective equipment, user wear and tear, and a combination of the two. More than likely, you need new brake pads, and those generally do not cost much. If you have a manual transmission, I'd look into "engine-braking" instead of "compression-braking," as this will require less use of the brakes. If you have an automatic transmission, re-examine your driving habits. I'm not saying this is you, but many drivers are unaware of their left-foot braking tendencies, and often ride the brakes in traffic when letting off the gas is all that is necessary. However, if your braking system if defective, It might benefit you to visit SaferCar.gov to see whether there is a recall. And, if there is indeed an issue and your local dealership won't address the problem, then you might consider filing a complaint with the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/

Dangerous Situation
Dangerous Situation

Toyota should not be involved with Racing where Brakes are very necessary . I had the Toyota Rav 4. I leased it through the Manhattan NY dealership. I kept visiting the dealership and told them that my brakes were not working. I brought the car over and over again to the dealership for them to check my brakes. My service rep at the Toyota NY dealership kept telling me that there was nothing wrong with my brakes. This went on for months. I ended up finding out that my brakes were worn out and needed to be replaced.y wore out only after 15,000 miles. Th I could have been in an accident and killed not only myself but others. I called the owner of the dealership Carmelo Giuffrie, the President and Chairman about what occurred to me but he would not take the call. I asked around-it seems that this is a method that the mafia uses to kill someone

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