Toyota's Prius has set a new record at the challenging Nürburgring circuit - one that you may not expect. The renowned German track is usually the setting for supercars to smash record lap times, but Toyota's ultra-efficient hatchback took to the 12.9-mile route to set the most fuel efficient lap, and succeeded.
The Prius plug-in hybrid managed 689mpg during its lap, and took 20 minutes and 59 seconds to do so. The record took place during a public session, which meant the model had to navigate on-track traffic and obey circuit rules including a 37mph minimum speed limit.
Toyota has claimed that the run used less than five tablespoons of fuel, clear evidence of the success of its 1.8-litre petrol engine paired with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The system allowed the Prius to complete much of the route using all-electric mode, which contributed greatly to the remarkable economy figure.
The car's official combined figure is an impressive 134mpg, and the Nürburgring record demonstrates precisely what the plug-in hybrid system is capable of. In addition to its obvious fuel economy strengths, the Prius is also a practical everyday vehicle. With the latest model, a 90-minute charge allows up to 15.5 miles of zero-emissions driving, and its battery can be charged at home or on the move at one of many public charging stations.
There are many benefits to making the move to a plug-in hybrid such as the Prius, and Charles Hurst Toyota can help you to understand them all. Contact our team in Belfast, Dundonald or Newtownabbey for a friendly discussion.