Headers fabricator, Nick Filippides visited Jay Leno's Garage and showed off his heavily modified 2005 Toyota Prius. The Prius now has an 800 horsepower, Dodge Hellcat crate engine crammed inside.
Like most brilliant inventions, this monster was born out of necessity. Filippides said, "This is something that I concocted just driving on the Long Island Expressway and having that HOV lane and sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic and just watching the conga line of Priuses going by." He went on to explain, "So I said, 'You know what? One of these days, we're gonna get one of these cars, and I'm gonna put it on that lane.'"
A stock 2005 Prius creates 110 horsepower, but this car, nicknamed the PriuSRT8, makes 800 horsepower. The PriuSRT8 also has a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger upgrade, fully reworked chassis, and gorgeous custom headers as part of a fully revamped exhaust system.
All of the fabrication and modifications have led to a car that can do a quarter mile drag in 9 seconds, allegedly. To put that in perspective, the fastest Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche 1/4 mile times are 9.8, 10.2, and 9.8 seconds, respectively. And while the car may have cost $21,275 when brand new, it is now worth almost as much asa super car at $150,000.
Jay Leno’s Garage airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on CNBC.