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The Toyota Prius GT300 race car debuted at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, looking ready to compete in the 2012 Super GT season. But things didn’t go as planned when the team took to testing its race car out at Okayama Circuit prior to the season opener.
We’re sure all the Toyota haters out there would find this the perfect time to make fun of the Prius for catching fire, but let’s keep in mind this is a complete race car and can hardly compare to what we see on the streets. So don’t expect any Chevrolet Volt comparisons from us, especially since it’s already been revealed that the cause of the fire was from a faulty fuel line rather than any issues in the vehicle’s hybrid system.
Thankfully it appears that much of the damage is cosmetic and the driver was unharmed when leaked fuel caught onto the exhaust, igniting the fire. The team is confident that they’ll have their Prius race car ready to roll at the season opener in Okayama.
Watch the video of the Toyota Prius GT300 race car on fire after the break.
[Source: Hanzo Autobuzz]
We’ve been going crazy over Toyota‘s GT 86 (or rather, Scion‘s FR-S) and Subaru‘s BRZ, but there’s no denying that Subaru’s BRZ GT300 racer is the coolest of the bunch right now. While it was awesome to get to see the machine at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, seeing it in action and on the track is, well, just something else.
The widebody race car couldn’t look more at home on the track, and the Legacy successor for the Super GT series looks poised and ready to represent Subaru quite nicely in the racing series. As it suggests on the YouTube video description, “the challenge begins” for Subaru now to ensure the BRZ GT300 competes as well as it looks.
GALLERY: Subaru BRZ GT300 Race Car
Make sure to check out the video below. It’s three minutes well spent.