This Toyota Prius Was Built to Autocross (w/ Video)

 

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The owner of this third-generation Toyota Prius is probably not the guy who comes to mind when you think of a “typical” Prius owner. The lowly Prius is his daily driver, sure, but his other two cars- a 2005 Lotus Elise and a 1996 Porsche 993- are the stuff of gear head legend. In that context, then, you might guess that this extraordinary Prius driver also happens to
drive and extraordinary Prius.

You’d be right. This Toyota Prius is chock-full of exactly the right kind of suspension, chassis, and wheel/tire mods to make it a seriously capable, canyon-carving, autocrossing, back-road bullet. A claim that the car’s owner backs up when he lets Smoking Tire host Matt Farah behind the wheel in this Smoking Tire One Take.

 

Modified Toyota Prius on the Smoking Tire


If Matt Farah and the Smoking Tire show seem familiar, it might be because we’ve written about them before. Back in 2012, Farah and his crew took out one of Tym Switzer’s ethanol-powered E900 Nissan GTRs and called it “the best thing ever“. Which, you know, I’m kind of proud of- having been somewhat involved in that project.

This is about one man’s surprisingly exciting go-fast Prius, however- so, let us know what you think. Is this exactly the kind of car that could bridge the gap between gear heads and green heads, or is it just an oddball Prius that appeals to no one but its mother owner? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Source | Images: the Smoking Tire, via GT Speed.





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  • Tadeusz Piskozub

    Is this Matt Farah’s milion mile Lexus?

  • MaxHedrm

    I haven’t watched it yet, but if there are no power mods it’s pretty worthless. The suspension changes probably toss him in street mod. Tough competition there.

    • Autocross is a weird thing, though- always fun to watch guys show up in big-bore sports cars and get shamed.