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This Toyota Prius Says It Makes 0-60 in 2.3 Seconds

A picture, posted on Imgur, shows a Toyota Prius that has a bumper sticker reading 0-60 in 2.3 seconds.

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The picture of this Toyota Prius is so popular that in one day it has already been viewed by nearly half a million people on Imgur. People even started a discussion on Reddit and named it the "Salty Prius Driver." I don't know why salty.

This is obviously a joke. Perhaps this is one of the best jokes I have heard about Prius. In fact, I myself, am a Prius driver and love it. I bought my Prius two years ago from Carmax in North Carolina and have enjoyed it since then. Speeding has never been an objective for me, neither 0-60.

According to Zero to 60 Times the Prius 0-60 miles ranges from 9.6 to 12.9 seconds.The best is the 2016 Toyota Prius with 9.6 seconds 0-60 and the slowest is the 2001 Toyota Prius Hybrid with 12.9 seconds. The rest of the Prius models fall in the middle.

One commenter in the discussion explained using science on why this can't be possible. Here is what he wrote.

I don't believe this to be true. The friction coefficient as I know it (I call it μ) for tyres on asphalt varies between 0.6 and 2.0 (approximately), depending on if you're using a truck tyre (lower friction value) or a racing tyre (higher friction value). Maximum tyre force is given by F = μ * Fz, in which Fz is the vertical force of the vehicle (mostly dependent on vehicle weight). So, if the friction coefficient is larger than 1 and there are no other forces other than the force of gravity acting in the vertical direction, the maximum acceleration can be higher than 1G, since acceleration equals force divided by mass: a_max = μFz/m = μg.

Since the day I bought my 2012 Toyota Prius I have driven it in the Eco Mode. in the past 2 years I have only used the Power Mode probably 2-3 times when getting in the highway had a short ramp and I needed to accelerate faster. Other then that, just enjoyed the Eco Mode. Never needed to speed up in terms of 0-60 because I also enjoyed getting almost 50 miles per gallon.

I don't know any Toyota Prius driver who bough his or her Prius for fast acceleration. It's a great family car.

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Marc Stern    September 11, 2017 - 12:26PM

Ah, but the sudden stop at that speed causes what is known as the accordion effect where longish model becomes teeny weeny compact in the blink of an eye, though it certainly does compromise cargo-handling ability as well as drivability.