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.
“Of course, the original plan was far simpler than the result you see here: a Porsche-powered VW T3 Bus – aka Vanagon to you guys stateside or the more boxy late ’70s to early ’90s shape. The other appealing thing was that a number of conversion parts existed to swap a flat-six motor in to a T3, trouble is [owner] Fred [Bernhard] decided the shape was too big and bulky for him. So when a rusty split-screen body became available, the plan shifted direction. A simple three-litre motor would be found and slotted in for some cheap fun,” says Speed Hunters.