The 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 makes 1,000 horsepower in this application.
We've never seen anyone drool over a Toyota Prius, except for maybe a hyper-miler tailgating a semi truck down a mountain pass. A New York-based shop called American Racing Headers wants to change that by stuffing Dodge's mighty Hellcat engine right between the Prius' front fenders.
The project is cleverly called PriuSRT8. As you'd expect, the engine swap isn't as straight-forward as it sounds. American Racing Headers built a custom tubular frame to put under the body, and bolted the engine and the rear axle to it using custom-fabricated mounts.
Installing a 6.2-liter eight-cylinder in lieu of a four also required cutting out and replacing a lot of the original sheet metal. The firewall is new, and American Racing Headers had to fabricate the transmission tunnel as well as the rear wheel arches. The car currently doesn't have a dashboard, though it will receive one before the end of the project.
The cherry on top of the cake is that the Hellcat engine isn't a stock, 707-horsepower unit. It's been tuned to generate about 1,000 horsepower thanks in part to a bigger supercharger. Once everything is hooked up, it will slurp gasoline from a fuel cell in the trunk, and it will send its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
If this sounds like your type of Prius, you can follow the project on American Racing Headers' official Facebook page.