At the birth place of the VW buses however, a group of people turn their T1 micro bus into a rip snorting 520hp racing van. At the first glance it looks like a fiberglass body that mimics the general profile of a T1 microbus that is mounted on a DTM type of racing chassis. However, as I dig further I found out that it was a genuine microbus, albeit heavily modified. However it retains the classic under tray chassis and the rear engine, trans axle and trailing arm suspension layout. The engine comes from a Porsche 911 air cooled twin turbo charged engine (the last of air cooled 911 engine), Porsche trans axle/gearbox, Porsche rear trailing arms and brakes. The original VW front torsion bars suspensions has been replaced by Porsche Macpherson struts type. The end result is something very different, however it is still a VW T1 microbus in spirit because the parts sourced from Porsche 911 has their roots in the original VW Beetle, which the T1 itself also based on. Their shape and dimension is mostly compatible with the T1 chassis, even some of their bolt holes are a direct fit to original T1 engine mounting.
The most impressive thing about this T1 bus is that it is road legal and does not look too different from a standard version. Apart from the racing wheels and slightly lowered ride height, it could have passed as a yet another T1 microbus.
|It started as a standard VW T1 Microbus|
|The original under tray was rebuilt and strengthened with additional braces|
|Full roll cage for protection and added strength to the body and chassis|
|The forward cab was similarly strengthened with a raised central for gear shifter mounting|
|The body was given extra width ensure the fat tyres stay inside the body works and slight increase of length to accommodate the longer 6 cylinders Porsche engine and trans axle gearbox. There is no changes to the dimension of the original floor pan.|
|Porsche 911 air cooled 6 cylinders engine mated to the engine bay. There is little need to alter the original engine bay.|
|The engine fits snugly into the engine bay.|
|Porsche suspension arms and brakes.|
|The original torsion bar is replaced by coil over shock Macpherson struts.|
|Fully fitted underside|
|The final result. A sight not unfamiliar to any T1 owners, except that it looks like it has taken steroid and went to the gym!|
|Lest anyone think that it is just a track day car, it has proper seats for passengers with full racing harness and it is road legal.|