It looks like a 1958-1966 Volkswagen Bug on the outside, but under the hood? It's a zero-emission, 100% electric-powered vehicle by San Diego-based Zelectric Motors. Owner David Benardo sources parts from EV West, a shop specializing in selling components for high-performance electric race cars, and then installs two lithium-ion battery packs on the Bugs - one under the front and another behind the backseats, thus replacing the gasoline engine with a Zelectric drivetrain. Continue reading for three more videos and additional information.
Why bother with a giant RV for road trips, when you could just get a Bett Mobile for your Volkswagen Transporter. This nifty accessory transforms the van into a full-fledged camper, which includes an upper slide-out bedroom that fits inside the tailgate, a wash area module w/sink + 20L fresh water tank, a 10L waste water tank, 50L compressor fridge, and a storage compartment for a camping toilet. The cooking module sports a canister stove and storage space for all your cooking tools. An optional outdoor kitchen is also available. A total camper package will set you back anywhere from $13,144 to $16,865. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Tesla P85D owner who managed to go 452.8-miles on a single charge.
The Volkswagen XL1 doesn't look like a typical hybrid, with its Lambo-style doors and all, but the vehicle does make great use of its 27 horsepower electric motor paired with a 47 horsepower two-cylinder engine. With a zero to sixty time of 12.1 seconds, it can achieve 261 miles per gallon. Even with those numbers, the guys over at Top Gear Poland pit it against a Bugatti Veyron. Continue reading to see what happened.
Overlander Motorhomes takes a stock 2.0TDI 140PS Long Wheelbase T5 van, then adds its patented DoubleBack pod package to create a home on wheels. While driving, the pod stays nestled inside the back of the vehicle, but once the driver stops and decides they'd like to stay some place, it electrically extends out of the rear in under 45 seconds at the push of a button, adding approximately 6.5-feet of useable interior space. Plus, there are two legs that fold out from the bottom of the pod to support up to 1,323-pounds. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
From the outside, the Volkswagen California looks like a normal Transporter van, but it can quickly become the perfect camper. The vehicle offers comfortable seating for up to 7 people, complete with several that can accommodate 5, an LED lit pop-top is included for even more space, dual-burner gas range, and even a kitchen sink. The California will be is available in your choice of a TDI or TSI engine across three different lines dubbed the Beach, Coast and Ocean. Continue reading for three videos and more information.
This VW T1 Camper Van looks like the real deal at first glance from afar, but get closer, and you'll see it's actually a functional tent, perfect for those warm summer nights out in the wilderness. It's an officially licensed full-sized replica of the 1965 Volkswagen Camper Van that many are familiar with. Setting it up is a breeze, and can sleep up to 4 people comfortably, making it perfect for small families. Available in four different colors, there are also two zipper separated double size rooms for privacy. Get it here now. Continue reading for two videos, including one on how to set it up, and more information.
Before modern amphibious cars, like the WaterCar Panther, there was Volkswagen's Type 166 Schwimmwagen, used extensively in World War II. It's essentially a four wheel drive vehicle on first gear - reverse gears with some models - that has ZF self-locking differentials on both front and rear axles. Similar to the Kubelwagen, the Schwimmwagen had portal gear rear hubs that gave better ground clearance, while at the same time reducing drive-line torque stresses with their gear reduction at the wheels. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
On the outside, it looks like a normal Volkswagen Bus, but look under the hood, and you'll see an air-cooled 6-cylinder Porsche 993 Bi-Turbo engine that pumps out 523 horsepower and 558 lb-ft of torque, mated to 6-speed 996 GT3 gearbox. In addition to the engine, it also features original Porsche 993 Bi-Turbo brakes with ABS. Inside, there's 993 gauges and electronics as well as a Porsche 917-style wooden gear knob. Where the rear side windows used to be are now twin air intakes, and a dry sump tank is mounted in between the seats.
Since Volkswagen does own Lamborghini, it's no surprise that they sometimes take design cues from their other brands, and it's quite apparent in their latest concept, the Golf GTE Sport. Featuring Lamborghini-style doors, a fighter jet-inspired interior, and ultra snug racing seats. This sleek vehicle has a carbon fiber chassis and is powered by three different engines: a 295hp 1.6L gasoline powered engine and two electric motors that produce 114 horsepower, giving it an overall output of 409 ponies. Continue reading for a short video and more pictures.
Instructables users and Star Wars fanatic mimaki cg60 initially wanted to transform his family's old VW bus into a wooden creation of sorts, but then they finally found the droid they were looking for, and decided to go the R2-D2 route. He managed to recreate all of the objects on the astromech, drew them up in Corel Draw, printed the vinyl wrap and spent a total of about 50-hours on the project. Continue reading to read and see the process from start to finish.