Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sets Nurburgring Lap Record – Video


Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota recently took its Prius Plug-In to the Nürburgring track for an unusual experiment to check how little fuel it could use on a single lap.

Well, it seems that after a few modifications by Toyota’s racing division, fuel economy went through the roof, which typically is what fuel prices do.

The result on 12.9 miles is 698 mpg at an average speed 40 mph as the 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine backup turned on only for a while! This is more than 5 times better than official 134 mpg numbers.

“Motoring journalist and Japanese car expert Joe Clifford was tasked with the driving duties, taking the wheel of a standard Prius Plug-in he has recently upgraded with the addition of TRD parts – styling rather than performance elements that improved the car’s appearance rather than made it more fuel-efficient.”

“In dry, breezy conditions, he recorded 698mpg, completing his lap in 20 minutes and 59 seconds. This far outstrips the car’s official combined cycle figure of 134mpg; in fact the Toyota used less than five tablespoons of fuel to do the job.”

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Clifford state:

“We used no special tricks for this test. We simply took a fully charged car, fitted it with low rolling resistance tyres and drove the lap, among all the other public drivers taking the opportunity to experience the challenge of the Nürburgring.”

“Although the 12.9-mile distance is similar to a typical commuter trip, the difference here is a rise and fall in elevation of around 1,000 feet. In fact it was only on one long climb that the petrol engine cut in, and then only for a short while. Without that, we think we might have even achieved the ultimate 999.9mpg read-out – the highest figure the display can show.”

Well… maybe just increase the size of lithium-ion battery pack to achieve 999.9 mpg in the next generation?

“Prius Plug-in’s achievement adds to the history of Toyota’s Nürburgring success, including lap records for its EV P001 and P002 electric vehicles. More importantly, this latest test relates directly to what customers might experience with their own vehicle in day-to-day journeys. In a neat link to the record-breaking exploits of the EV P002, the battery cells from that car were used to power up the Prius Plug-in, via Toyota Motorsports’ charging truck.”

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid

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19 responses to "Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sets Nurburgring Lap Record – Video"
  1. kdawg says:

    And you could have the pedal to the floor on a Volt and do it w/out using any gas…

    1. Josh says:

      Exactly, so this record is implying that no BEV has every driven “the ring”. A quick google search says that isn’t true,

      1. sven says:

        The headline is false and misleading. Toyota NEVER claimed it “set a record.” Only the author of this article, in the headline, claimed that Toyota “set a record.”

        1. Mark Kane says:

          “Toyota Prius Plug-in TRD sets Nürburgring lap record”

          “Toyota Prius Plug-in TRD sets Nürburgring lap record – how Le Mans team powered our car”

  2. David Murray says:

    Yeah.. Sorry, but I’m failing to be impressed with this achievement. I bet even the next step up from a PiP, being one of the Ford Energi twins could have done the entire trip on battery alone and thus achieved infinite MPG. There’s no question a Volt could have.

    1. kdawg says:

      “Energi Twins, power Activate!”

    2. Storky says:

      There are many here unclear on the MPGe (miles per gallon EQUIVALENT in electricity) concept. There is no doubt that the range on all other EV’s was sufficient, the challenge was highest MPGe.

      So, yeah, let’s see what the Volt, Leaf, Energi and other models are capable of achieving!

  3. ELROY says:

    Exactly, what is the significance of this test. Would my LEAF get infinite MPG on the same test? So what?

  4. pjwood says:

    On a brighter, potentially more explosive, note, the Prius did not end up getting rear-ended, after it put other drivers at risk on the world famous speed sanctuary.

    1. Storky says:

      They achieved greater than the minimum speed allowed on the course and probably alerted all drivers to the presence of a “jam” car.

  5. Please don’t suck your air directly from Toyota’s exhaust pipe and call-out the B.S. when a press-release is full of B.S.

    First, the 698 MPG value stated is based on UK gallons having 5 quarts per gallon, not US gallons only having 4 quarts per gallon. This alone reduce the stated claim to 557 MPG.

    Second, Toyota only counted energy from gas to power the vehicle and ignored the energy from electricity. This is about as brilliant as going to the store to buy beer and diapers and only paying for the diapers. Not will make it to far down the track in real life!

    FYI: Doing a MPGe calculation including both ELECTRIC & gas energy shows a more realistic energy use.

    So it appears the Prius did ~12.0 miles EV (4.0 kWh) + 0.9 gas (0.0185 gal)
    Total gal-equiv: 4.0g/33.7kWh/g = 0.1187 Ge for total of 0.1372 Ge
    Thus MPGe = 12.9 miles / 0.1372 = 94 MPGe better than avg. 50 MPG, but not 698* MPG (*557 MPG US)

    Prius PHV: 0.93 Laps @ 93 MPGe
    Volt EREV: 3 Laps (fully electric) @ 98 MPGe
    LEAF: 7-8 Laps @ 114 MPGe
    Model S: 30-32 Laps @ 89 MPGe
    (180+ MPGe at Prius’s ~40 MPH track speeds)

  6. JBlanco says:

    In another ridiculous and pointless reason to lap the Nurburgring, lets see how the Jeep Wrangler does it in 4WD Low!

    1. Storky says:

      4wd low? Probably 6 MPG

  7. EV says:

    it went 698 miles on 1 gallon?

    1. Storky says:

      Calculated based on watt-hours/mile of electricity equivalent to Miles per gallon.

      1. Storky says:

        . . . Based on one, 13-mile long, best lap.

  8. SIvad says:

    Should read: “Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Sets Nurburgring Lap Record for a Prius”

  9. BraveLilToaster says:

    Yeah, I think I’d rather do that in my Leaf at 90mph, kthx.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    So, Prius plugin set a record for the LEAST EFFICIENT PLUGIN CAR on that track.

    Since just about every other plugin car would have done it with zero gallon used at that speed. That would have been infinite MPG compared to the sucky PIP number….

    Toyota really know how to show their cars suck….