The World's Freakiest Race Car Is This Sideways Volkswagen Bus

The World's Freakiest Race Car Is This Sideways Volkswagen Bus

The 24 Hours of LeMons rewards creativity in race-car building, and there's no one more creative than racer Jeff Bloch. Known as Speedycop, Bloch is famous for building race cars an upside-down Camaro, a helicopter, a Cessna, and a hot dog stand. His latest creation is called the Trippy Tippy Hippy Van, and as you can see, it's a Volkswagen van tipped on its side.

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Actually, it's a 1988 Volkswagen Rabbit chassis with a 1.8-liter 16-valve GTI engine with Bus body panels attached sideways. Bloch wanted to build a sideways race car, and this 1975 VW campervan, with its box-like shape, was the perfect vehicle to do it.

For visibility, Bloch and his team used one-way vinyl mounted to various body parts that was see-through within the car, but maintained the appearance of the Bus' original body panels. The team even printed a vinyl image of the underside of the Bus to make it really look like it's on its side.

Bloch says the Bus is unsurprisingly top-heavy, but grippy and controllable on track. It's truly a sight to behold, especially when it lifts up two inside wheels in cornering.


via Jalopnik




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