Souped-Up Toyota Prius Becomes a GT300 Racer
When you think about high-octane racing vehicles, chances are the Toyota Prius isn’t the first one to come up. After all, the Prius is known far and wide as the ultimate hybrid vehicle, not a gas-guzzling racecar. However, all that is about to change, as Toyota has just unveiled a high-performance version ready for Japan’s Super GT racing series. Introducing the 2016 Toyota Prius GT300!
Japan’s Super GT, sometimes referred to as the JGTC or All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship, is the fastest Grand Touring racing series on earth. It began in 1993 and has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Races occur on famous tracks like Fuji Speedway and Suzuka Circuit, with an occasional exhibition race in another country.
The new Prius GT300 is equipped with a 3.4-liter V8 engine instead of the usual powerplant found in production models, and its body was dramatically redone to incorporate a lower and wider stance, race-ready spoilers and aerodynamic front splitter. The Hybrid Synergy Drive was also shifted to the footwell of the shotgun seat to improve weight distribution. That being said, the GT300 still hearkens back to its hybrid roots — it uses supplementary electric power and bears remnants of the simple, sophisticated look sported by the “normal” Toyota Prius vehicles we know and love.
What do you think of this souped-up speedster? Can you imagine buckling up inside it and burning rubber down a competitive track? It’s fun to dream! For us non-racers, though, we can get a little of that Prius power by test-driving the models at our Toyota dealership in Santa Monica, CA. Visit today!