When someone uses the term “sleeper” in reference to a vehicle it means that even though the car may look like your everyday car in stock form, underneath is a completely different animal. We’re talking about those very unassuming vehicles that if you were to pull up next to in a drag race you’d think it was going to be an easy win, and in some cases easy money. Next thing you know, you’re looking at the taillights and later find out underneath that plain exterior was a highly tuned race car.
Lay Leno brought out what I feel to be one of the ultimate sleepers of all time in another drag race with comedian Tim Allen. Im talking about the Toyota Camry that was released at 2014 SEMA that featured the 5.7L V8 that was plucked from a Tundra. The TRD racing team then took that motor and installed a TRD supercharger and tuned it out to produce around 850hp. That’s basically a NASCAR engine! But again looking at the car you would never suspect a thing, as long as it wasn’t running and you didn’t notice the racing slicks.
The Car Tim Allen brought out was no slouch either, Its a 1955 Ford Club Coupe that happens to have the supercharged 5.4L V8 that also powered the 2005 version of the Ford GT. The specs on that motor was 550hp and that is what they claim Allen’s car produces in the video, but we have to assume that he wanted to add a little more juice to it. Not that 550hp isn’t enough, but if you’re going to go the process of what it takes to build a good restomod, you may as well swing for the fences. Which as you all know we’re huge fans of that here at Moto Networks.
In case you haven’t seen this particular sleeper Camry before, the one thing they don’t show you in this video is that while it looks like a Camry its closer to a Nitro Funny Car than it is a regular car. As you can see in the video the doors open and technically the driver can crawl in and out, but all of the Camry bodywork you see is actually just a shell that can be lifted up revealing the race car underneath. Here is Rutledge Wood, from the now cancelled Top Gear USA, at the official unveiling at the 2014 SEMA show.