The best thing about this van is that there’s nothing else like it on planet this is the trippy tippy hippie van so the inspiration for this van was to do something no one’s ever done before and that’s a tough thing to do you have to be able to see through the roof and through the undercarriage in order to do that so you have to use a van the coolest van I could think of would be a Volkswagen camper van classic iconic cool-looking.
Jeff knows the speedy pump built the eccentric vehicle with the gang of Outlaws it took them a thousand hours over the course of five weeks to complete and prepare it for racing debut so we raced it last weekend for the first time and it ran all weekend we did a total of two hundred 24 laps on a two-mile road course so this van is powered by a 1.8 liter 16-valve GTI engine makes about 120 horsepower it’ll push it to about 100 miles an hour and go zero to 60 in about eight seconds flat the secret to the tricky tptp vans unique driving style is that it’s actually built out of two vehicles.
It’s a 1976 Volkswagen camper van not on top of a 1988 Volkswagen Rabbit so the tribute tippy hippie van is matted on the rabbit and a bunch of places both bumpers have welded mounts and then there’s some various mounted points throughout the body both of these doors are still hinged at work the windows tent so you can’t see inside quite as easily see it doesn’t give it away so much we had to have visibility coming through the roof to be able to see out for the race so we used one-way vinyl on lexan sheets both drivers and passenger side are hinged for easy egress.
If there was an emergency during the race we’ve got our vintage an already Italian steering wheel off of Maserati in there car handle surprisingly well it’s top-heavy for sure but it’s really grippy in fact some of the corners where I was courting really hard it was going well up with two wheels totally controllable what’s the fun so on the right side of the bus which is the undercarriage we have a vinyl imprint of an actual bus undercarriage and that’s on one-way vinyl on lexan panel so you can see out the entire passenger side of the vehicle.
While you’re racing in the front you see a one-way vinyl lexan panel that allows us to see out but you can’t really see it we added a second Mokes wagon grill for airflow at the bottom the windshields tended to kind of hide the vehicle inside and the roof is pushed out a little bit to create more clearance for the front tires to turn on the rabbit people see this thing driving and their faces just melt it’s awesome