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Old 09-28-2009, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Toyota Prius Tuning by Tommy Kaira and ASI

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Eco-friendly cars are the talk of the town for the moment. Every manufacturer is either producing one or planning to. Toyota is an acknowledged leader in the field with its Prius hybrid as well as others. Few respected tuners have embraced the green thing so far, unless they are based in Japan where it almost seems the government has a decree forcing tuners to work on "green" cars as well.

How else do you explain the flurry of activity coming from enviro-friendly garages around the country? This Prius done by Tommi Kaira is but one of these. It features low front lips, big front air dams shaped like those of an Audi R8, thick rims, wide side skirts and a new rear bumper. The Prius logo is missing, as is the discretion normally linked to the car. Most striking though are the four tailpipes which do not in any way suggest "green". In fact they have the opposite effect on the eye.

Cars like the GT-R or the Impreza STI are well-suited for power and body upgrades. They are expected to pollute the eardrum along with the planet, and their fans love them for it. Prius and Honda Insight are quite different simply because of the statement they make.

There certainly is a future in eco-tuning (new word for you) but no one is quite sure what it looks like. That's perhaps why cars like this one could be discarded in current tuning circles. One such tuner is Ben Schaffer, owner of Bespoke Ventures.

His company is a major American/international parts distributor and marketer for top Japanese tuning brands (KenStyle, Top Secret). Schaffer's view is that eco is good yes, but it has no place in the world of powerhouses like the R35 GT-R. Moderation is the key instead of jumping on the bandwagon.

He reminds his fellow competitors/colleagues not to lose sight of their core business and enthusiasm which is sports cars.

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Old 09-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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there has to be a way to make this car look better without going this far into candyland.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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they do all that and leave the stock nasty tail lights....i actually like the rest of the car..doesn't look bad. i wouldn't buy it but not bad.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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there has to be a way to make this car look better without going this far into candyland.
Not really, it just sucks that bad. You can put lipstick on a pig, its still a pig.

However, in this world of image over substance, perhaps just getting it to look fast will be enough.

But the lesson here, is you can put Rosie O'donnel in a Jessica Alba costume and I still would not kiss her.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:22 PM   #5
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All show, no go.

Doesn't make sense to invest all that money into a hybrid, but I bet people buy it up like Apple stock in the 80's.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:33 PM   #6
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Not really, it just sucks that bad. You can put lipstick on a pig, its still a pig.

However, in this world of image over substance, perhaps just getting it to look fast will be enough.

But the lesson here, is you can put Rosie O'donnel in a Jessica Alba costume and I still would not kiss her.

there's a guy that lives around me with a black prius rocking a set of black rotas.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:40 PM   #7
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All show, no go.

Doesn't make sense to invest all that money into a hybrid, but I bet people buy it up like Apple stock in the 80's.
hmmmm

wish i bought apple stock in the 80's
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:47 PM   #8
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Hellaflush insight yo
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:08 PM   #9
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Yikes. The Prius V looks quite good in stock form. These are terrible.
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:14 PM   #10
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The new Prius is a decent enough looking car, and like pretty much every other car made today, they look better lowered with aftermarket wheels.

These too renderings are pretty bad, the top one is trying to be a Holden.
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:11 PM   #11
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Those wheels alone take the car from 40mpg to 30mpg
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:15 PM   #12
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Looks like the new STi from the back LOLz
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:01 PM   #13
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a terrible idea executed terribly....
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:10 PM   #14
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I agree its a terrible idea but the top one doesn't look bad.
The wheels are horrible but thats the only thing. I think its pretty nice for Rice standards.
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this is by far the most stupid **** I have ever seen
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:02 PM   #16
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do not want....
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its funny, bag the face on both those cars, but.. ..



dat ass. ....
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Old 09-28-2009, 10:27 PM   #18
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Finally someone puts dual exhaust on a Prius. Let that massive engine breathe!
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this is by far the most stupid **** I have ever seen
Truth.



This will only lead to some stupid teenager stop light racing a Prius...or atleast trying to.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:21 PM   #20
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This will only lead to some stupid teenager stop light racing a Prius...or atleast trying to.
Who knows modified correctly... electric motor=instant torque.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:56 PM   #21
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So Toyota spends millions in a wind tunnel, then Tomm Kaira comes over and throws it all away.
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:01 AM   #22
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So Toyota spends millions in a wind tunnel, then Tomm Kaira comes over and throws it all away.
Interesting thought.

Kit aside, wouldn't slamming it reduce the CoD?
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Old 09-29-2009, 12:55 AM   #23
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Interesting thought.

Kit aside, wouldn't slamming it reduce the CoD?
Someone is bound to correct my nomenclature but....

I believe the CoD stays the same. The FRONTAL area would be reduced. And im pretture sure total drag to air is based on [frontal area X CoD]. So the result from a drop would be better mileage based on less frontal area thus less drag. In theory at least.



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Old 09-29-2009, 07:28 AM   #24
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Give me this with a RWD 300hp V6, 6sp M/T and then I'll say WOW!!!... and please change those hideous tail lights...
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Old 09-29-2009, 08:28 AM   #25
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Nobody will buy these.
Hybrid owners want fuel economy, not down force.
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