Few vehicles are so iconic that they transcend the original culture that first embraced them. The original Volkswagen bus is one of these – a camper that continued to inspire generations of wanderers and adventurers long after the first one rolled off the line in 1950.

Considering its huge number of fans, there are many reinterpretations of VW’s classic bus. The latest custom-built version that drew our attention belongs to Fred Bernhard, a Swiss mechanical that spent six years to develop and build the FB1 Race-Taxi, a VW bus on steroids.

What appears as just a freshly painted Volkswagen Van, FB1 Race-Taxi is actually a racing car born from the combination of a VW T1 1962 with a Porsche 993 Bi-Turbo mixed with many hours of work, trials and a lot of money. The gearbox is a 6 speed from a Porsche 996 GT3. The total weight is 1,500 kg and has a max speed of 230 km/h. A true racing taxi to drive on any track and enjoy a session as a passenger at high speeds which will shoot your adrenaline.

With these amazing features and a spectacular look, the FB1 Race Taxi is perhaps the wildest variant of Volkswagen’s hippie bus – even when it is stationary.

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