It may look a little a lot over the top, but beneath all that wild bodywork the C&A Custom Concept Toyota Prius is actually pretty cool. That may be hard to believe, but what if we told you almost the entire body of the car (excluding the doors) was crafted of light weight carbon fiber. The benefits are twofold, reducing the car’s weight significantly for improved acceleration (and braking, and handling), while also helping improve fuel economy further.
While the custom bodywork with extra-custom additions like a “translucent rear side spoiler, styled exhaust tip and front and rear lighted Toyota badging” might get the most attention, we should point out the attention paid towards making this car handle. To do so, it features 18-inch forged aluminum wheels with aluminum aero rings, while a TIEN suspension drops the car 4-inches up front and 6-inches in the rear.
Interior modifications include a black Alcantara headliner, A and B pillars, door trim and rear seat, while the steering wheel and shift knob are also coated in the grippy fabric. Several high-tech displays measure everything from electric output to a G meter.
As far-out as this concept is, we have to think carbon fiber will increasingly play a role in high-mileage vehicles like the Prius in the future.
GALLERY: Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept
GALLERY: Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept at SEMA
Official release after the jump:
2010 SEMA Show: Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept
The Prius C&A Custom Concept vehicle was developed by the Conversions and Accessories group at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan to demonstrate the unlimited potential for sports car modification on the worlds best-selling hybrid vehicle. The Prius C&A Custom Concept is making its North American debut at the 2010 SEMA Show.
From front to rear, with the exception of the doors, the Mystic Lavender exterior of the Toyota Prius C&A is equipped with light-weight carbon fiber. Exterior areas equipped with carbon fiber include aero side skirts with vertical spoilers, front bumper and fender flares with radically large air intakes, the engine hood, roof, rear hatch, rear spoiler, rear bumper with vertical spoiler, and rear garnish. Other exterior features include an outside mirror CCD camera system, smoked rear combination lamp with a translucent rear side spoiler, styled exhaust tip and front and rear lighted Toyota badging.
The Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept rides on 18-inch, forged wheels with aluminum aero rings, and are wrapped with Goodyear Eagle Revspec RS-02 215/40R18 eco sport tires. A sport suspension by TIEN lowers the Prius concept by four inches in the front and six inches in the rear.
Inside, the right-hand drive Prius C&A features black Alcantara® simulated suede fabric on the ceiling, “A” and “B” pillars, door trim, rear seat and console box. Alcantara suede is also found on the steering wheel and aluminum shift knob. The driver and front passenger ride in comfort on RECARO seats with embroidered “C&A” logos.
An additional gauge on the instrument panel features “G,” output, and mileage meters, along with a water thermometer and voltmeter. A navigation system by DENSO features an eco function that displays total electric motor and engine kilowatt output, steering angle (0 to +450 degrees), speed, accelerator open angle, and mileage.
In addition to its North American debut at SEMA, the Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept is also part of Toyota’s 10 years of Prius celebration in America.
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Toyota Prius C&A Custom Concept Features
• Carbon fiber hood, roof, back door, rear spoiler, aero side skirt with vertical spoiler, rear bumper with vertical spoiler front bumper, front fender flares, rear garinsh • 18-inch forged wheel with aluminum-made aero ring • Goodyear Eagle Revspec RS-02-215/40R18 tires • Styled exhaust tip • Lighted front and rear Toyota badging • Door mirror CCD camera system • Smoked rear combination lamp • Translucent rear side spoiler on rear combination lamp • Mystic Lavender body color
• Alcantara (simulated suede) steering wheel • Aluminum shift knob with Alcantara suede • Instrument panel gauge supplement includes “G” meter, output meter, mileage, water thermometer, and voltmeter • Black interior with Alcantara suede trim on ceiling, “A” and “B” pillar, door trim, rear seat, and console box • Driver and passenger RECARO seats with embroidered C&A logo • DENSO navigation system with ECO display functions including motor, engine and total kilowatt output, steering angle (0 to +450 degrees), speed, accelerator open angle, mileage
• TEIN lowered sport suspension (four inches in front; six inches in rear)