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botsapper 07-15-2014 01:46 PM

Prius goes 'round Nürburgring...
...and sets a record. A TRD-prepped Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid sets the record-making fuel economy lap around the famous 'Ring's Nordschliefe circuit. The TRD 'aero' parts was primarily for styling rather than extreme aerodynamic efficiency but the Prius completed the 40 mph average lap in a 20 minutes and 59 seconds lap and still recorded a (converted) 698 mpg!

The 'Ring is heavily used by automakers to test and brag about the performance numbers of their high-end performance models, now they could follow Toyota's marketing and set 'efficiency' performance numbers!

VW XL1 licking lips.
Let's see some real aero-designed shapes/tech and even kitted with...boattails!

PaleMelanesian 07-15-2014 02:06 PM

So.... the plug-in Prius, rated for 12 miles of electric range, went around the 12 mile track slowly, almost entirely on electric propulsion. And this is news?

Fat Charlie 07-15-2014 02:12 PM

Next, Budweiser is going to advertise that their 12 packs have 12 beers in them. Even on the Nürburgring.

backpacker3 07-15-2014 02:45 PM

Tesla should send a model a out there and blow them away with infinite mpg. Lol

dirtydave 07-15-2014 02:53 PM

How many laps can the toyota do?

Daox 07-15-2014 02:53 PM

Agreed, non-news.

redpoint5 07-15-2014 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by dirtydave (Post 435602)
How many laps can the toyota do?

Only the 1 lap.

That's why they went around the track at bicycle speed. If they went as fast as it would go, it could do 1/4 of a lap.

dirtydave 07-15-2014 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by redpoint5 (Post 435611)
Only the 1 lap.

That's why they went around the track at bicycle speed. If they went as fast as it would go, it could do 1/4 of a lap.

Why would you drive so slow on a racetrack??

PaleMelanesian 07-15-2014 04:29 PM

To show that it can "go around the Nurburgring on electric power only!!!!!". Thing is, the plug-in Prius has a 12 mile electric range in normal conditions. And the track is 12 miles long. So you have to drive the racetrack at normal street speeds to actually make the distance before the electric runs out. After that it's a normal hybrid Prius, but that's no good for advertising.

dirtydave 07-15-2014 04:34 PM

12 miles seems useless honestly. I would much rather see it go around the track at full speed and how many laps it could do on 1 tank or 1 gallon or something like that.

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