Toyota Prius GT300 Racecar Launched in Tokyo
APR Racing is hoping that its Toyota Prius GT300 will grab a handful of victories in this year’s Japanese Super GT series. Wishful thinking, or should they be quietly optimistic?
The Toyota Prius hasn’t exactly got a reputation for being a performance-oriented drive. In fact, it’s one of the most sensible and economic cars on the market. But every now and again, cars, like people, change their image and take on a guise that surprises you.
Introducing the new Toyota Prius GT300…
Developed for the Japanese Super GT series, the Prius GT300 was recently revealed at the Tokyo Auto Show and it’s a car that’s sure to attract a lot of interest from piston heads.
Now before you scoff at the concept, it’s actually not the first time the Prius has been given a performance makeover. The new GT300 replaces the previous model (yes, they’ve done this before) and despite being based on the fourth-generation Prius, which isn’t revered for its aggressive looks or performance additions, the GT300 is a totally different kettle of fish.
But before you dismiss the Prius GT300 as a gimmick to raise awareness about fuel efficiency and the benefits of hybrid motoring, you should know that it boasts a 3.4-litre V8 engine. And you thought that ridiculously big spoiler was just for show.
APR Racing is the outfit behind the GT300 and two examples will compete in this year’s Super GT series in Japan. The hope is that the Prius will be able to secure three race victories this season, bettering its tally last season by one. The Super GT kicks off on April 9 at Okayama and you can expect to see a hugely-diverse field of cars this year.
Just quite how the Prius will fare in 2016 against cars like the Lotus Evora, Subaru BRZ and even a Lamborghini Gallardo is anyone’s guess.
One thing’s for sure, though, what APR Racing has done is create a Prius that looks absolutely awesome and, on paper, has the performance credentials to backup those looks.
If you’re still not convinced, check out this promotional video: