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Volkswagen Typ 3 with Porsche 911 technology

The Volkswagen Typ 3 (1961-1973) is known in retro circles as the slightly boring old-timer that only die-hard fans of the model truly appreciate. But in this case, it’s a completely redesigned 300 hp Porsche-engined ‘sportsman’ that just hides behind a 1600 L exterior.

Engine from 911 (964)

The classic 1600 L car looks like a New Beetle, not very attractive, but with a lot of space and many advantages. However, the serial boxer located at the rear offers anything but a dynamic ride. Therefore, the tuning company Das Triebwerk dtw Germany decided to change that. They “grafted” the modest 1600 L 3.6 liter boxer engine from the Porshe 911 (964), and the engine power was increased from 250 to 300 hp.

For this purpose, however, a serious modification of the body in the rear was necessary, as well as the entire car was disassembled down to the last bolt and completely restored.

The brake system also comes from the Porsche 964 C2. The suspension of the 2-seater has been redesigned with Bilstein components – and, unlike the stock version, is attached to the body with specially made aluminum bearings. In the rear axle we find a large number of Cup-splits. The LED headlights provide illumination at the level of a modern car, and the classic Fuchs wheels emphasize the age of the sporty Typ 3.

Tuning for nearly 140,000 dollars

With a little imagination and a good investment, this boring and basic 1600 L is transformed into a chic sports coupe. Round gauges, a low seating position and a precision transmission have been added. It is equipped with Recaro seats, with the classic Porsche checkerboard and nappa leather. Added Dr.Boom system with subwoofers and retro design.

An interesting fact is that the first tests of the car were conducted by rally legend Walter Roerl.

You can check out the photos of this masterpiece below in the gallery 👇

December 06, 2022

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Volkswagen T3 with V8 from Corvette

Volkswagen T3 with V8 from Corvette chosen as the best tuning car in Germany.

Volkswagen T3 with a larger engine – this idea is embedded in a large number of tuning projects. Most of the time, the “loaders” get a Porsche engine from behind – impressive, but not revolutionary. But what German Peter Weiss did with his T3 is much more impressive – because the on-board modification of the VW Bus has received the LS3 V8.

Behind this designation lies the 6.2-liter naturally aspirated unit with 436 hp used in the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Corvette C6. Otherwise, from the outside, the truck looks ready for the morgue.

Now without a turbo, but with more than 360 hp.

The basis of the tuning project is a Volkswagen T3 Transporter from 1988, factory-fitted with a turbodiesel developing 70 hp. It was dismantled and replaced by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8, with White placed just behind the cab for optimal weight distribution (50:50).

vw t3 frankenstein engine

The V8 engine sends its 436 hp. and 575 Nm of torque to a manual transmission from a diesel BMW 5 Series E60. On the rear axle, a differential from the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI distributes power between the left and right wheels. To accommodate all this, the frame of the “loader” has been seriously modified. Steel generation, made entirely on an individual project, as well as an aluminum tank for racing cars are installed.

If you are wondering how it is possible for such a car to drive on the streets of Germany, the answer lies in passing TÜV. As long as you meet the requirements, there is no problem.

Modified suspension with KW components

Naturally, enormous power must be kept under control. For this purpose, disc brakes from Porsche 911 996 are placed, supplemented by Brembo devices on the rear axle for the parking brake. The suspension uses mainly KW components, but the springs and shock absorbers are specially adapted to the centrally located engine of the T3. The black steel wheels are shod in half-shapes.

vw t3 frankenstein

The vision of the Transporter van with V8 is as brutal as the technology under the sheets. In terms of appearance, Peter Weiss not only leaves the serial look, but also removes the paint in places to show the bare metal. By applying preservative material, corrosion is stopped – and this T3 looks perfect in Rat Style.

GTI steering wheel, clad in Alcantara

In addition to the Recaro seats with Sparco belts, Weiss also puts on a roll cage. And for optimal control of the machine, a GTI steering wheel is installed all the time, dressed in Alcantara. The fact that the entire tuning project was completed in just one winter deserves respect.

vw t3 frankenstein steering wheel

Otherwise, in addition to this V8 Bulli Weiss has another T3 – a bus with a Porsche engine. In the Tuning Trophy Germany, however, the man decided to join with his brutal LS3-bus, which managed to prevail over the other two contenders from the last round in the face of Toyota GT86 and Dodge Charger.

For the finale, the tuning community chose their favorites by voting online – and so “crowned” Peter Weiss and his T3 Frankenstein for the best tuning project in Germany. In Tuning Trophy Germany, however, the man decided to join with his brutal LS3-bus, with which he managed to prevail over the other two contenders from the last round in the face of Toyota GT86 and Dodge Charger.

November 16, 2021

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