This sketch, which could have come from anywhere, hardly looks like a Prius. Yet it is true that Toyota is pimping the Prius as its new flagship car while old standbys, like the Corolla, take a step back. A Corolla Axio currently races the Super GT championship, and Toyota may replace it with the Prius GT300 racer above.
Is that not the most badass Prius ever conceived? I think so, and it is just one of Toyota’s many recent racing developments regarding EV’s and hybrids. Toyota recently set a new Nurburgring record for electric vehicles, and will enter a hybrid prototype in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.
If you know my writing, you know I am not a Toyota fan. But this stuff? I can get excited for this, and I hope Toyota sees to applying hybrid technology not just as a fuel saver, but a performance booster as well. It would help shake off the boring-but-reliable stigma that has affected their standing with people like me, who want a car that evokes passion and emotion. And in fairness, the Prius does that just that…just not for me. But make it faster and sleeker looking, and I can get excited about damn near any car.
Me, excited by a Prius. It really must be the end times.