This Sideways VW Van Is the Wackiest Race Car We've Ever Seen

Jessica Miley

No, you are not going mad, it looks like this tipped over VW van is somehow still cruising around. What you are actually looking at is a 1988 Volkswagen rabbit inside the body of a 1976 VW Camper.

The vehicle's owner, Jeff Bloch, has a reputation for building the weirdest and wackiest cars. His resume includes an airplane race car, an upside-down car, and an amphibious helicopter. He explains, he wanted to do something no one had ever done before, and so the "Trippy Tippy Hippy Van" was born.

Bloch, who is known as Speedy Cop on the race track, built the racing car with a team of friends known as the outlaws. It took more than one thousand hours to get the vehicle ready for its race debut.

The crazy looking car is powered by a 1.8-liter, 16-valve VW GTI engine which will take the sideways van from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds.  

To create the necessary visibility for the driver, Bloch used one-way vinyl on Lexan sheets designed to look like the van's body panels. The right side of the van, or what at first glance looks like the van's undercarriage even has the underside of a real bus. To top off the effect, fake tires are mounted to keep the illusion consistent.

Via Barcroft Cars


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