The Usain Bolt of All Toyota Prius Cars is Still Hybrid, Raced in Japan's GT300 Series

This is the world's fastest Toyota Prius, although there's not much left from Toyota's hybrid in the beast that used to race in Japan's Super GT series.
GT300 Toyota Prius 1 photo
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So, you can argue this is not a Prius anymore, but for the argument's sake let's pretend this is the most badass Prius of them all, the equivalent of a well-trained soldier among a sea of cadets.

I used this comparison because this particular Prius had to face competitors like the Audi R8, BMW Z4, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren MP4, Mercedes-Benz SLS, Porsche 911, and Nissan GT-R in GT300 Series races.

Once you get a good look at the race car, you'll notice the Prius shape si still there, buried under layers and layers of custom-made carbon fibre bodywork.

But how about this: the car still uses the original Hybrid Synergy Drive system. However, engineers relocated the unit to the passenger footwell for better weight distribution. Also, it is juiced-up by a larger lithium-ion battery from the Prius+ MPV.

The 1.8-liter petrol engine is dead and gone, replaced by a 3.4-liter V8 race engine installed between the B-pillars and rear axle. The monstrous powerplant has to put in motion a racer that weighs only 1,305 kg.

We know for sure the mill is good for 300 horsepower, as it has to meet GT300 regulations, so you do the math and figure out just how fast this Prius is.

Hell, it could easily be considered the Usain Bolt of all Priuses out there.

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