APR Racing has taken the wraps off the motorsport-spec Toyota Prius GT300 which as the name implies will take part in the GT300 championship in Japan.

It might come as a surprise to some people, but this isn’t actually the first time a Prius is dressed in racing clothes. The latest iteration of the machine was introduced recently at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon and uses some bits and pieces from the road-going 2016 Prius, but obviously adapted for motorsport use.

Instead of the 1.8-liter engine it uses a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 working together with the electric motors of the standard car. The six-cylinder combustion engine is also used in the outgoing Prius GT300 where it’s mid-mounted, but in this latest racing application it remains in factory position as per the new regulations.

Other technical details are not available at the moment, but the images show a very wide body kit with huge front and rear splitters along with a massive wing to boost downforce. It makes extensive use of carbon fiber to shave off excess weight and for the same reason it boasts a stripped-out interior. It obviously looks meaner than the regular Prius and certainly more people will appreciate this design compared to the standard model.

Source: APR Racing

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