Like most brilliant inventions, this monster was born out of necessity. Filippides said, "This is something that I concocted just driving on the Long Island Expressway and having that HOV lane and sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and just watching the conga line of Priuses going by." He went on to explain, "So I said, 'You know what? One of these days, we're gonna get one of these cars, and I'm gonna put it on that lane.'"
A stock 2005 Prius creates 110 horsepower, but this car, nicknamed the PriuSRT8, makes 800 horsepower. The PriuSRT8 also has a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger upgrade, fully reworked chassis, and gorgeous custom headers as part of a fully revamped exhaust system.
All of the fabrication and modifications have led to a car that can do a quarter mile drag in 9 seconds, allegedly. To put that in perspective, the fastest Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche 1/4 mile times are 9.8, 10.2, and 9.8 seconds, respectively. And while the car may have cost $21,275 when brand new, it is now worth almost as much asa super car at $150,000.
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