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Prius in Nürburgring record

Toyota’s best-selling Prius hybrid sets 698 mpg fuel economy bechmark at 12.9-mile speed track.

Most manufacturers head to Germany’s famed Nürburgring to set speed records – Toyota decided to do it their way…

Toyota turned tradition on its head when they took their Prius Plug-in hybrid to the track, setting out to show not how fast the car could go, but just how little fuel it could use on a single lap of the notorious Nordschliefe.

Running in traffic during a public session in dry, breezy conditions – and complying with all the circuit rules, including the 60km/h minimum average speed – the Prius completed its lap in 20 minutes, 59 seconds.

Far outstripping the car’s official combined cycle figure of 134mpg, the Toyota achieved 698mpg and used less than five tablespoons of fuel to do the job.

If it hadn’t been for the hills (there’s a rise and fall in elevation of around 1,000 feet), Toyota reckon they could have achieved the ultimate 999.9 mpg read-out – the highest figure the display can show.

Just to put this into context, Top Gear regular Sabine Schmitz hustled a Ford Transit round the Nürburgring in 10 minutes, 8 seconds, while Jeremy Clarkson eventually set a time of 9 minutes, 59 seconds in a Jaguar S-Type diesel.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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