1000-HP Hellcat-Powered Toyota Prius Gives the Hybrid Car Concept a Middle Finger
This Toyota Prius from SEMA is all kinds of crazy
Published November 3, 2017
We’ve seen all kinds of crazy engine swaps over the years. Especially at auto shows of SEMA’s pedigree. But this V8 Hellcat-powered Toyota Prius made by American Racing Headers of Long Island, New York is by far one of the most unorthodox swaps we’ve seen recently. As bonkers as this guy’s 1967 Pontiac Firebird/Toyota Prius mashup. It’s wrong on so many levels that it’s actually satisfyingly good.
By sporting a Hellcat V8 engine under its hood, this PriuSRT8 effectively gives a middle finger to the EPA, green car and environment protection enthusiasts, and hybrid electric concept as a whole. Not only does it pack a hellish 707-horsepower 6.2L V8, but a 4.5L Whipple blower as well. This dynamic duo helps the Prius raise as much as 800 horses at the wheels according to American Racing Headers’ owner Nick Filippides. This means that they send close to 1,000 crank horsepower to the ground via a 6-speed manual Tremec T56 Magnum transmission, carbon fiber driveshaft, and a Ford 9-inch rear end.
But a list of upgrades doesn’t stop there. To the contrary. ARH’s V8-powered Toyota Prius also benefits from Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners and RC Components wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson tires. It also has a new full chromoly steel tube chassis and Chris Alston’s Chassisworks custom coilover suspension. Apart from the obvious patriotic decal and somewhat demure green paint, PriuSRT8 proudly dons a few amusing stickers like “Weapon of Mass Consumption,” “Fixed in the U.S.A.,” and a “Mean Ass Vehicle.”
Interior hasn’t been left intact either. There’s a whole new fiberglass dash in there, made by the Harry’s Glass crew. Race bucket front seats and latest generation Mustang’s instruments further raise this Prius’ performance appeal. However, rear seats had to be discarded in order to make way for a roll cage. Maybe this insanely powerful and ludicrous contraption resembles a Prius, but it’s far from being one. It’s more like an anti-Prius, actually, and it should warm the heart of all true petrolheads around the globe.