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Volkswagen Schimwwagen

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.

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FB1 Race Taxi

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.

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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport

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.

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R2-D2 Volkswagen Bus

Project credit: mimaki cg60

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.

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Wooden VW Beetle

Momir Bojic, who lives in Bosnia, is the epitome of dedication, as he's spent countless hours hand-laying an intricate wooden skin made from 50,000 tiny little sculpted pieces of oak, on his Volkswagen Beetle. That's right, rather than getting a new paint job, he decided to take a more natural approach. Just like a normal Beetle, it has a full wooden body, wooden steering wheel, hub caps, and dashboard. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Volkswagen Hover Car

First unveiled several years ago, the futuristic Volkswagen Hover car is now trending again online. The Hover Car is basically a two-seater zero emissions vehicle that hovers above ground and travels along electromagnetic road networks in China. It can automatically detect other vehicles on the road while navigating China's congested traffic centers, and its small footprint makes it easy to park. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a snowmobile expert navigating through an avalanche.

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Volkswagen Stretch Bus

As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the VW microbus gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dodge A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adopting the Type 2's rear-engine configuration. This custom-built stretch version by Aspen247 is currently on sale for $220,000. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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VW GTI Roadster Concept

Photo credit: Car Scoops

Volkswagen's GTI Roadster Concept debuted in Gran Turismo 6, but a real working model of the car was unveiled this week at the LA Auto Show. At 3,133-pounds, this sporty 4MOTION all-wheel-drive car is powered by a 3.0L bi-turbocharged V6 that delivers 503-horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, mated to a a 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. It goes from 0-60mph (96km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 192mph (309km/h). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first real Apple Store in London.

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Oak VW Beetle

Momir Bojic, a 56-year-old auto enthusiast from Bosnia, recently showcased his unique Volkswagen Beetle, which is made almost entirely from wood. This idea came to him approximately 9-years-ago, and took him an entire year to make it a reality. This is not museum piece, but rather a real drivable vehicle, complete with wooden steering wheel, hub caps, and even dashboard. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a magical sunset at Norway's Mt. Torghatten.

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Volkswagen XL Sport

What happens when you combine Lamborghini doors, the body of a Maserati MC12 and the engine of a Ducati Superlegerra V2 bike? The Volkswagen XL Sport. Its a 1199cc 197hp V-Twin engine, transplanted from a Ducati racing bike can rev up to 11,000 rpm, with a top speed of 168mph (270 km/h) and a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for a video shot at the Paris Motor Show, more images and additional information.

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