Who is this and what are they doing to that perfectly fine Prius?!

Discussion in 'Prius, Hybrid, EV and Alt-Fuel News' started by Prius Team, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Prius Team

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    I've made this tease way too easy, but, I still always find amusement in the ensuing speculation. Enjoy!

    Doug Coleman
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  2. Vincent

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    A Honda mechanic trying to find the extra MPG's?
     
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    I do not know, but they are doing it to 2, there's one in the background as well. Both have the solar roof...

    Edit, I had a guess but got rid of it cause I felt stupid saying it but saw DeadPhish said the same thing! lol So yeah, 2 of the first US PHEV vehicles getting ready for testing..
     
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    Because you like to tease and lead on others, it's a no-brainer obv..:rolleyes:

    A 2010 Prius is being retrofitted to install a PHEV option for one of the new 'mules' to be tested in the US.

    /speculation
     
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    Sound-deadening mat installation? Except that doesn't explain
    the whole repainting job.
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    _H*
     
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    Someone just have too much money to spend on a Prius, a complete custom repaint job.
    All the trim panels are removed to paint the inside panel to cover up the original color.
    A PHEV conversion does not require this kind of strip down.
     
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    Prepping it for an upcoming Batman movie?

    Seriously, I love the flat black look. It's uber stealth.
     
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    Lemme guess Doug....

    You're gonna put a FIVEAxis Prius on display at the SEMA show, no?? What do I win? :p

    I like the illuminated HSD emblem they put on the TCH that they modded for SEMA. Wish that was legal so we could have one on ours.
     
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    Nice! I didn't notice all the "Five" stuff in the background. I assumed it was a PHEV conversion (and maybe it still is), but clearly being modded for a show.
     
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    It is a custom car company called Five Axis in Huntington Beach,CA.
    They do custom Scions, and their website has a Toyota Hybrid sedan pictured (concept car?)
    Home

    As Tideland said- probably custom job for Sema car show in early Nov.
     
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    Doug, your picture? ... that's obvious ~ You asked Darell to change out all the lights to LED. Just look here at his dash removal technique & you'll instantly see the similarity:

    [​IMG]

    :D

    Five Axis in Huntington Beach, eh? Maybe I'll just have to make a little detour on the way home from work tomorrow ... thanks for the tip!

    ;)

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    Can they do this to the Prius?

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    The picture was taken at the FIVEAxis shop. Watch the 5Axis Demo Video and you'll see the exact same shop.

    I saw all the "FIVE" crates and the "FIVE" above the door but didn't have a clue what that meant. I figured that Googling "FIVE" would return a gazillion hits.
     
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    Dang it, that was too easy! But kudos to you, Jon, you nailed it. You win the award of Super Prius Expert for the day. Congratulations.

    And I'm glad someone noticed there are two of them in the shop... more details coming soon.

    [Edit: Sooner than I imagined. Hidden in the dark recesses of the Internet, one of these cars can now be seen. But I won't make it that easy to find, yet.]

    Doug Coleman
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    Doug ... don't forget to mail him the traditional "Prius Genius" T shirt
    ;)

    Hey, is the Prius going to look anything like what they did to the Lexus?

    Photos: Five Axis Lexus Project IS F
     
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    No, actually, they are preparing the first PHEV Prius for Me!! :p

    I was hoping for the Blizzard Pearl, however...
     
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    And I thought it might be "Mr. Good Wrench" removing the floor mat or another Top Gear episode.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    lol thx.
     
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