It doesnâ€™t look like much, but Johnny Greaves set the world record recently for a two-wheel-drive truck jump by going a staggering 301-feet (the old record was 193-feet) in his 800-horsepower Toyota:
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For Toyotaâ€™s new iQ, they wanted to do something a little different with the car, so they used it to create a font. (Yes, you read that right. A font.)
The process involved a lot of stunt driving and some interesting software to put it all together, but the end result is actually pretty good looking:
Sure, your Prius gets 45+ MPG when itâ€™s rolling down the freeway doing 55 in the slow lane, but does it get looks from fellow motorists?
No, unless youâ€™re headâ€™s on fire and thereâ€™s a unicorn sitting next to you, then you probably donâ€™t get looks like the Prius you see here does.
This Prius, customized by a crew from Classeâ€™s Garage, is what happens when you dump over $180k into a car and film the process along the way. (The car was made for Swedenâ€™s TV4, which wanted to do a show about â€˜building a custom carâ€™.)
Everything you see here (except for the chrome trim on the grill) has been smoothed, stretched, widened, waxed, painted, polished, and pampered to the limits of what most automotive enthusiasts, let along Prius owners, ever thought possible.
To get the body looking right, a wide-body kit from an XC90 Volvo was grafted on. The back doors were smoothed over, the fronts were given a scissor style opening, and the rear windows were reshaped, and the back window was scrapped all together.
A carbon fiber wind splitter sits under the front bumper, as do wind splitters under the doorsills, and a rear venturi made entirely from the stuff sits out back. Air suspension keeps all four corners planted, and the stock rims have been swapped out for 20-inch replacements, including an over-sized brake kit for extra stopping goodness.
Donâ€™t think they stopped there though. The interior had to match the exterior, so a fully custom dashboard was crafted, along with a custom center console to house the 4,400-watt stereo (five subs, eight speakers, a 15 inch LCD, a tablet PC with internet access, and a quarter mile of cable). Racing seats keep anyone brave enough to get behind the wheel firmly in place, and everything was covered in orange, black and red so the colorblind wonâ€™t miss it.
Think youâ€™ve got what it takes to roll around in the worldâ€™s most pimped green mobile?
Yeah, me neither.
Sure, they did it in 3 Fast 3 Furious, but no one actually puts a new engine into old muscle; do they?
Well apparently they do, because the â€™72 Pontiac LeMans that you see here is powered by none other than a 1991 Toyota Supra 7M-GTE 3.0 Litre 24V Turbo motor.
Apparently the car was basically a total loss when it was purchased at auction, so it’s not like they chopped up some pristine iron to make this creation, but Iâ€™m still not sure if I can wrap my head around how they decided that this was their best bet for power.
I guess if the go pedal works though, it doesnâ€™t exactly matter what itâ€™s connected to.
The Top Secret Supra is ridiculously, stupidly, blazingly fast. With an estimated 1,000 horsepower coming from the twin turbo V12, â€œSmokyâ€ (the owner) hopes to top it out at 248 mph later this year. (Apparently 200 mph flew by without any problems, so another 48 doesnâ€™t seem that far off, does it?)
Power was sourced from a V12 that was pulled out of a Toyota Centry, which, at 276 horsepower, isnâ€™t exactly a powerhouse out of the box, so theyâ€™ll be plenty of custom work to get things running right. A six-speed shifts gears, an LSD puts the power to the road, and a custom body kit keeps everything down at speed.
Oh, and the price?
A mere $500,000.
No wonder itâ€™s painted gold!