Drivers in Japan have once again taken to the track in an effort to wring maximum mileage from their Toyota hybrids. According to AutoWeek, the Prius Cup resumed this year after a two-year hiatus.

Toyota officials said they have no plans to bring the hybrid competition to the U.S., but played up their promises to compete and win at Le Mans next June with a hybrid.

Dealerships fielded teams at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan, for a national championship race held on December 7. Puttering around the Formula 1 track at Fuji, at least one team managed an astounding 80 miles per gallon in their hypermiling efforts, according to the report.

But is it really racing when the drivers are attempting to maintain an average speed of 37 miles per hour and coasting up hills? We will give them credit though – at least they do turn both left and right.


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      irishmikesfun
      • 3 Years Ago
      you put down nascar..ha, but its the most veiwed , attended, sport in america...dont hate what you havent the intelligence to understand
      P Aaron Jones
      • 3 Years Ago
      The excitement of watching others save gas!
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unnnnnnnnnnddddddddddeeeeerrrrrsssssssttteeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr.... pause Unnnnnnnnnnddddddddddeeeeerrrrrsssssssttteeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr.... pause Unnnnnnnnnnddddddddddeeeeerrrrrsssssssttteeeeeeerrrrrrrrrr.... xLots
      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      How to make this exciting: Resurrect Dennis Hopper and put him in charge - POP QUIZ HOT SHOT: There's a bomb on every Prius! If you go slower than 30 mph, IT BLOWS! If your average MPG drops below 40, IT BLOWS! The Prius in last place after each lap BLOWS! NOBODY GETS ON OR OFF THOSE PRIUSES OR THEY ALL BLOW!!!
      fivespeeed
      • 3 Years Ago
      By definition, a hypermiler who owns a car is his or her own self-fulfilling irony. If you want to prove your never-ending love for the environment, WALK everywhere you go, regardless of where you live. This is a site about cars. People who scoff the internal combustion engine can go visit sites about knitting.
        Swordman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        Actually, it depends on your definition of saving the environment. In a lot of cases, driving a car does "less harm" to the environment than walking. This is because the energy used to ship and process foods to give you enough calories to walk to work or down to the shops exceeds the energy used in refining and burning petrol.
          Swordman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Swordman
          @evannever: Well I didn't mention about the manufacture of the car, as it's a one time only event. It becomes more irrelevant as the car gets older. Anyway, let me explain with an example: a snickers bar. It contains chocolate - from cocoa beans from south america, peanuts - can be grown in a bunch of places, again, you're looking at south america/africa, Soybean oil - processed from soybeans in the USA, sunflower oil - USA, amongst other ingredients that could probably be sourced locally. Anyway, all this stuff get taken to Ireland and processed to make something which contains about 320 Calories (about 2.8 miles worth of energy). This is then shipped, then driven to your local shop. You come along and pick it up. Let's not bother to complicate things by taking into account the packaging. Now, let's compare that with petrol. It's a relatively small hydrocarbon, so extracting it from crude oil requires little energy/Kg of extracted petrol. In fact, the crude oil may be running out, and the infrastructure was initially expensive, but when it flows, it requires very little energy to extract it. So, it's in a fractionating column, and you've got your petrol, it's drummed and then refined, which involves more distillation and addition of more chemicals. It's taken to a petrol station. You fill your car up. If you have an average car and drive carefully, you could achieve 40mpg. Which means to travel 2.8 miles, you burn 0.07 gallons or 0.32 litres. This has a mass of 224g. What I'm saying is, the total energy to produce a snickers bar and get it into the shops exceeds the total energy to burn 224 g of petrol in a car. Now, my maths may well be off and feel free to pick it apart. But please do so in the interests of educating, rather than the vitriol-fuelled rants that plague the internets.
          evannever
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Swordman
          You don't really believe this do you? What about the energy to ship and build cars? What about the infrastructure that must be built and maintained to support auto traffic? If you are trolling, then I commend you, but if not, you're an idiot.
      thrutheeyesofbry
      • 3 Years Ago
      How does one coast up hill exactly?
      rstonnerdd
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Prisu Cup - serving only decaf, please with 1% milk and hold the excitement.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are they "racing" cars whose sole funtion is to use as little gas as possible? This sounds like a hypermiling competition.
      4RR4Y
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prius Cup > NASCAR
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dont you think this post is a bit over the top ? A REAL car person would like any form of racing.
      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Instead they should make them drive in a circle with RWD, a carbureted pushrod v8 and call it a "stock" car
      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's no less stupid than a hot dog eating contest. As long as there are things to compete with, there will always be contests or races. Give it up already. We know you hate the Prius but believe it or not it's not even that slow.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
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