Thanks to tuner Five Axis, the Toyota Prius has never looked this cool. Now in its third generation, the 2010 Prius has gotten considerably better looking over the years, but the two modified versions on display this week at the 2009 SEMA Show take green motoring to a stylish new level.
Five Axis has built numerous Scion and Lexus SEMA vehicles for Toyota Motor Corp. over the years, but for 2009 the designers were called upon to get creative with Toyota’s flagship hybrid. The first of the two cars is called the Prius Aerius (Latin for “belonging to the air”), while the second is called the Prius Aemulus (meaning “envious imitation”). The Aerius is a pure show car, while the Aemulus is a street legal replica with slightly less exciting modifications. It will, however, be given to the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and auctioned off for charity.
Both cars get a Five Axis aero kit that has been made using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, to not only ensure it looks cool, but also to maintain the Prius’s amazing 0.25 drag coefficient.
The show car gets Five Axis FIVE:AD S6:F 19-inch wheels with clear covers to reduce drag, along with a set of Yokohama Super E-Spec low rolling resistance tires. The actual street car will get slightly less “bling” with factory rollers.
Outside, both cars get a truly amazing custom paint job that resembles the color of the sky, while the rear and side glass has been coated in 3M’s Crystalline Automotive Window Film to block 99.9 percent of UV rays.
Inside the Prius Aerius show car has its seat fabric replaced with 100 percent consumer recycled polyester, while the seatbacks are made of Polyurethane produced by Ultrafabrics that produces almost zero pollutants in the production process. The factory seats weren’t just tossed out either, but recycled to make business cards and cosmetics cases.