Nürburgring, the go to location when it comes to proving performance for manufacturers latest models has now been given an additional use as it is now not only about miles per hour but miles per gallon.
Toyota have turned tradition on its head by taking its Prius Plug-in hybrid to the track and setting out not to show how fast it can go but just how little fuel it can use on single lap.
With no clever technical trickery or tweaks, Toyota placed a genuine real world Toyota Prius Plug-in on the track and drove the car around the track to match day to day driving demands placed on a car. In theory, the distance could be covered without a drop of petrol being used.
Tasked with the driving duties was Motoring journalist and Japanese car expert Joe Clifford. In dry, breezy conditions he recorded 698mpg, completing his lap in 20 minutes and 59 seconds. These figures far strip out the combined cycle figure of 134mpg; in fact the Toyota used less than five tablespoons of fuel to do the job.