A Volkswagen bus has got to be one of the least aerodynamic vehicles ever made considering its basically a big box driving down the road. That’s why you normally see them as the stereotypical “hippie van”, or the home of a beach bum, or something along those lines. But as with most things, there’s always that exception and this particular example is not your average bus.
First of all its the T1, which was produced from 1950-1967, and as far as VW buses go its one of the desired models. The biggest engine available at the time was a 1.6L four cylinder engine that at best produced an estimated 60hp so you definitely would not consider it a performance car. But that’s when that wonderful process we now refer to as Restomoding comes into play.
What better way to turn one of these old VW’s into a screaming track machine than to wedge the engine from a Porsche 993 Turbo into that big boxy frame which will add roughly 470hp. That is assuming it once started with 60hp because according to Youtuber 19Bozzy92 this wicked looking bus is now pushing 530hp thanks to the engine from its more performance based cousin. To make this thing even more appealing, it comes with a true three-pedal six-speed manual gearbox!
Now you can’t just slap an engine that puts out 7x the power of the previous engine with without making changes. So naturally it’s been totally redesigned to be a complete track monster. It’s now basically a GT3 racer on the inside with full roll cages and even duct work to help force feed the rear mounted engine with air. Although it’s now basically a full blown race car, it has one little twist (well two if you count the fact that it’s still a VW Bus), there are three other seats so you can take your buddies along for the next track session! That’s right it’s been fitted with a total of four Recaro racing seats with five-point racing harnesses so one could even argue this could be considered a family car for the most hardcore gearheads among us.
This interesting vehicle was the brainchild of Fred Bernhard based out of Switzerland. He calls it the ‘Race-Taxi’ which we thought was a fitting name considering the amount of people you can take along for the ride. The build took roughly six years to complete to Bernhard’s satisfaction. From what we can tell, he seems to have done one hell of a job too.