Traditional muscle cars and hybrid vehicles have traditionally played on opposite sides of the fence, but have you ever wondered what might happen if you were to combine the two? We have seen some full-electric conversions, such as the Zombie 222 Mustang, but nothing like this 1967 Pontiac Firebird hybrid, utilizing the powertrain of a Toyota Prius V.
This project is brought to you by internet sensation “Bill the Engineer,” who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is a full time engineering supervisor for a hybrid transit bus manufacturer. If there’s anyone who can successfully combine the Firebird and the Prius, it’s this guy. In fact, he is already planning to build an all-electric BMW Z3 for his wife – the person who inspired this entire project in the first place.
“The car was never going to be as nice as I wanted going the conventional route,” Bill said in an interview with AutoBlog. “One day my wife wondered out loud if the car could be converted into a hybrid like our two daily driver Prii. That got me thinking about how it could be done. The rest is history…”
The 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible being used has belonged to Bill since he bought it for $750 back in 1979. He and his wife each daily drive a Prius, and he bought a third one that was rolled over with only 6,000 miles to use for this project. Bill started the build back in 2014, and predicts that it will be completed by 2019.