TORRANCE, CA — A modified version of the Toyota Prius has set a new world land-speed record for hybrid powered cars of 130.794 mph on a three-mile short course using a standard Hybrid Synergy Drive power-train — a mixture of 1.5L gasoline engine and an electric motor, according to the Web site, www.earthtimes.org/. The vehicle will be displayed at the Detroit Motor Show this month. Toyota Motorsport's (USA) engineering group prepared the car by changing the gear ratios (4.32:1 to 3.2:1) and increasing the inverter voltage from 500 to 550 volts. A transmission cooling system was added to decrease the temperature of the inverter and electric motor to maximize efficiency. The car's interior was removed to save weight, a roll cage added for safety and the whole car lowered by five inches to improve the aerodynamics for this highly specialized record attempt.

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