2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in completes Nurburgring using 5 tablespoons of gas
If you are not a motorsports fan you may not have heard of the Nürburgring. It is a private German toll road that has also been the track on which many famous races have been run. It has a cool sounding name and the track has no real speed limit, so automakers have adopted it as the de facto track standard. Car makers take things like GTRs, Vipers, and Corvettes there to embarrass more expensive supercars with their track times. This week Toyota took the Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the track and is very proud to say that it beat every single one of those cars.
Why Did Toyota Take the Prius To A Racetrack-Road?
Toyota’s goal was publicity. It wanted to show that the Prius Plug-in could run the track using only a smidge of gasoline. This is a little weird because cars like a Tesla Model S can run the ‘Ring with no gasoline and put up really respectable track times. Nonetheless, Toyota took its very affordable, very green Prius to the track to see how much gas it would need to complete the course.