Just curious. Perhaps this has already been discussed to death.
Had my Pri up to 90 coming back thru Montana on my way to
Seattle. Wonder how fast some of the others on the board
have been able to go....
There's supposed to be a limiter/retarder thing that prevents the car from going over 105 mph since going much faster than that can damage things and/or prevent certain parts from working correctly. But 105 or under is perfectly safe.
It's probably something that specifically limits the rotational speed of the motors or engine or something. So technically the speed doesn't matter, but you wouldn't be able to accelerate above 105 without gravity.
I was tooling along out in the boondocks the other day and I got to wondering just how fast this machine would go so I trounced it. When I hit ninety I decided to back off but curiousity got the best of me. Still not a car in sight and the Prius remained comfortably stable. Credo the wind tunnel design and I continued with this nutty experiment. I was about to back down at 103mph when I caught sight of the revolving blue light in my rear view mirror. First thought was to attempt to out run the cops but then a little sense took over and I slowed down and stopped for the inevitable.
The State Trooper got out of his cruiser with his hand on his pistol
Made me get out of the car and place my hands on the rooftop.
When he decided that I wasn't going to bite, he asked me what the hell I thought I was doing?
I told him, "Officer, my wife ran off with a State Trooper about three weeks ago, and I thought you were bringing her back!"
I wasn't even given a warning!
That's nothin'! I have a friend with a company Learjet over at Hanscom field, so he took me over for a race. He gave me a 100 yard headstart,
and I had Isabelle up to 107 mph when he passed me and took off.
But here's the interesting thing: when I hit 100, the MFD beeped and displayed "Switch to airborne mode". So I hit the button and two silver wings came out, and up I went.
I backed off the pedal and glided back down onto Route 2 just short of Acton.
During the whole glide down, the MFD read 99 mpg.
Elvis, you blew the "breakin." Probably won't cost you more than a quart of oil every couple thousand.
Shouldn't affect the warranty one bit as the manual just gives you advice. Toyota doesn't care one bit about how much you spend on oil.