Nurburgring is the place where all major carmakers test their cars but also their latest hypercars in order to see which one is the fastest. Three digits records are not something new at the Nurburgring and every time we see reports about speed and miles per hour. But what about miles per gallon?
Apparently, we have a response for this too, as Toyota took its Prius Plug-in hybrid to the iconic German racetrack in order to see not how fast the car can go, but how little fuel it uses on a single lap. For those who don’t know, the minimum average speed on the Nurburgring is 60 km/h (37 mph), while the length is 20 km or 12.9 miles.
The vehicle, which was upgraded with the addition of TRD parts, was driven by motoring journalists and Japanese car expert Joe Clifford. According to Toyota, he managed to complete the lap in 20 minutes and 50 seconds, while recording an impressive 698mpg (0.4 l/100 km).
This is absolutely impressive, taking in consideration that the combined fuel consumption of the Prius is 134 mpg (2.1 l/100 km). The Toyota Prius is powered by a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that delivers 136 hp and also carries a compact, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is made in 10.4 seconds, while top speed is limited at 180 km/h or 111.8 mph.