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Watch this Hellcat-powered Prius tear up the drag strip

The dang thing almost pops a wheelie in the process.

Engine swaps are pretty common, but slapping a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 into a Toyota Prius? You don't see that every day.

American Racing Headers did exactly that, swapping the Hellcat's 707-horsepower V8 into a second-generation Prius. The result is a former hybrid that nearly pops wheelies as it rips down the drag strip, making a noise no Prius has probably ever made before.

In case you're wondering, it's quick -- quick as hell, in fact. ARH's Prius managed a 9.38-second quarter-mile sprint, which is quicker even than the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a car engineered from the factory to dominate drag.

So, the next time someone suggests that you should swap a GM LS V8 into your project car, tell them you're thinking bigger -- and angrier. Hellcat V8s aren't cheap, but the looks you'll get on the strip will make the expenditure worth it.

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