Toyota's 'Super GT' is still a Prius hybrid despite its V8 engine and rear wing

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A Prius with a V8? Now, that’s the craziest thing we’ve ever heard in awhile.

However, that’s exactly what Toyota and the APR Racing team have cooked up for the GT300 class of the 2016 Super GT racing series.

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Impressively, the Super GT Prius is a Prius in more than just name — it packs a racing-spec version of the eco-friendly hatch’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system.

Toyota Prius Super GT

Toyota Prius Super GT

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However, for racing purposes, the electrical bits of the hybrid powertrain have been relocated to the passenger footwell area. And the stock 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine normally found under the hood has been replaced with a 3.4-liter V8 mounted where the back seats might be found — if a race car needed back seats. Read more…

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