When you think of the word ‘eco’ — or when somebody mentions a Prius — you certainly don’t think about the well-known Japanese race class of GT300 in the Super GT race series. At the recent Tokyo Auto Salon, held January 16–17, APR Racing and TRD released their latest weapon — a Toyota Prius. We’re not kidding either, and it’s much cooler than you think.

The Prius, which is designed by TRD, is a work of art and is equipped with a 3.4-litre RV8K V8 engine. This will be coupled with hybrid technology to produce a stonking amount of power and torque within the GT300 regulations.

At this stage details are a touch thin on the ground, but as they come to light, we’ll keep you informed.

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.