Bad decisions make great stories later, and the latest American Racing Headers/Farks Supercars Toyota PriuSRT8 project car is the perfect example of that philosophy.
“ARH makes performance parts and we don’t want the government saying you can’t modify cars. Nick [Filippides of American Racing Headers] thinks in extremes, and said ‘let’s take the most economical/environmentally-friendly car we can find and built it into a bad ass American muscle car,’” explained Farid Farkouh of Farks Supercars. “It still gets good gas mileage, too, and we’re thinking it gets 20+ mph since it runs fairly lean at minimal throttle and the transmission has overdrive.”
Stuffed under the hood (thanks to a lot of custom fabrication by Farks) is a SRT8 Hellcat powertrain. “We had to take the whole front end off to put the engine in,” noted Farid of the tremendous amount of work that was well worth the effort. The heart of the beast is topped with a massive 4.5L Whipple supercharger that’s mated to a Tremec 6-speed from RPM Transmission, and power exits via a custom exhaust fabricated by Louie Filippides of ARH. Engine management comes courtesy of the factory Dodge system that is packaged with the crate engine itself.
The guys transformed the Prius from zero to hero when it was converted to rear wheel drive, and the power gets put to the ground through a Midwest Chassis 9” Ford rear end with Mark Williams Axles with a four-link style suspension. All four shocks and struts are from Chassisworks, while the actual chassis work itself was managed by Farks Supercars and the cage is certified to for 8.50-second elapsed times.
RC Components wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber can be found all around. The PriuSRT8 hasn’t been track-tested yet, although ARH/Farks expect it’ll run in the mid 8-second zone and plan to race locally at Atco and Englishtown raceways.
After seven months of work, the PriuRT8 was finished just in time to be debuted at the SEMA Show, while it was out on the West coast, the one and only Jay Leno took the PriuSRT8 for a spin and was so impressed that it’s going to be featured on an upcoming episode of “Chasing Classic Cars” on Velocity.