Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - Toyota Prius sets Nurburgring record

You wouldn't normally associate Nurburgring with the Toyota Prius, but the Japanese carmaker has done just that by setting what it calls a "first-of-a-kind" record on the legendary Nordschleife circuit.

Using a Prius Plug-in TRD hybrid driven at a minimum average speed of 60kph over the nearly 21km track, Toyota was able to record a fuel consumption of 698mpg (296.75km/L)--a 564mpg-difference (239.78km/L) over the car's official combined cycle figure of 134mpg (56.97km/L). The Prius also reportedly achieved the figure while running during a public session instead of doing it on a closed track for its exclusive use. At the end of its run, the Prius had a lap time of 20 minutes and 59 seconds.

Toyota also claims that the entire time the Prius was on track, the only time its 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine kicked in was on one long climb, "and only for a short while."

"Without that, we think we might have even achieved the ultimate 999.9mpg (425.10km/L) readout--the highest figure the display can show," said Joe Clifford, the motoring journalist behind the record-setting run.

Watch the video of the Prius's run below.


If you're viewing this on a mobile device and can't see the video, please click here.

View More Stories About
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle hybrid hybrid car Nurburgring Nurburgring Nordschleife Toyota Toyota Prius TRD
Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Latest stories

Forgot your password or email?
Reset your password or look up your email
If you need further assistance, email us