Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid breaks mileage record in Nurburgring
|   Friday, July 18, 2014
Nurburgring is commonly referred to as the Holy Grail of cars, as this racing track in Germany has been a witness to almost all cars that has soared through the roads in this world. It has seen a number of different records been broken and set, but what Toyota claims is a new kind of record.

Nordschleife circuit is a part of Nurburgring and it is commonly referred to as Green Hell. It has a number of peaks and drops which drivers and race cars alike have attempted to conquer in the shortest span of time.
However, Toyota Prius Plug-In hybrid is claiming a mileage which has never been even dreamed of before.

A little introduction to the cars power train first. It has to be handled carefully, as a little extra pressure on the accelerator can set combustion engine into action, and main aim is to squeeze out maximum mileage from its electric motor.

The electric is calibrated to go up to a maximum speed of 60 miles an hour. On a fully charged motor, it is marked to go 6 miles. It can move up to 11 miles when blended hybrid mode kicks in. Nurburgring is a big track and Nordschleife has 154 turns to go through. And then there are a number of drops and climbs. So a bit of combustion engine was used in this record setting ride.

Journalist Joe Clifford was witness to this record (unofficial record per say, claimed by Toyota). They travelled at a little less than 40 miles per hour, saving a huge amount of fuel. To support the electric motor, a 1.8 liter petrol engines with four cylinders is present. It took a time of 2 minutes and 39 seconds to complete a lap of the track, but secured a fuel economy much higher than their claim of 154 miles per gallon on road.

In this record breaking lap, Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid claims to have a mileage of 698 miles per gallon on a full charged battery pack. This is 698 imperial miles per gallon (581 miles per gallon US). In whatever way the figures are brought forward, they are always going to be very impressive.

Some all electric cars, even from Toyota themselves, have posted better fuel economies in the same track. And they did it at higher speeds. However, this is a significant milestone in Toyota's journey and they are both happy as well as proud with it.

This is considered by some as a publicity stunt. It portraits how strong a plug in hybrid can be when operating solely on the electric motor. There are different calibration on how far this engine can go, as it is 6 miles at some places and as high as 15.5 miles in some other. So it mainly dependent on kind of road it encounters.

There are certain differences in calculating EV ranges in different places as well. However, covering the 12.9 miles on a plug-in hybrid shows its ability to save fuel on a daily basis.
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