Toyota bids farewell to a legendary car: Fastest Prius ended up at a scrapyard

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Apr.06 - 2024 11:52 AM CET

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Toyota's American museum reportedly no longer has any use for the world's fastest Prius. Therefore, it has now ended up at a scrapyard in Dallas, Texas.

A piece of world history on four wheels is about to die.

This is apparently the decision of Toyota's museum in the USA.

At least, Japanese Nostalgic Car can document that the world's fastest Prius has ended up at a scrapyard in the city of Dallas.

Here also stands a 1978 Cressida that belonged to the museum in California. But now both cars are to be turned into tin cans. Maybe.

At Jalopnik, they have asked Toyota in the USA to explain why, in the world, the two cars, and especially the Prius, ended up there.

The reason a Prius can cause such a stir is that the car is not just any Prius. Although it might, except for the wheels and ground clearance, actually look like any other Prius as they appeared around 2003.

In 2004, the slightly modified Prius, on which Toyota's technicians did not touch anything but the hybrid part of the engine, took a trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Thus, as the first mass-produced hybrid car ever.

But with a top speed of 130.7 miles per hour (210 km/h, ed.), it set a speed record. That is, for a Toyota Prius. It would take a whole 12 years before Hyundai broke the record.

But then an Ioniq also drove a whole 160.7 miles per hour. That equals 258 km/h. The fastest vehicle on the salt flats is, by the way, not a car. At least not a passenger car.

ThrustSSC is instead two jet engines with wheels. But that's also enough for an official top speed of 1,223.7 km/h over a distance of 1 kilometer.

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