Wild Frankenstein conversion: half VW bucket, half Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R is destroyed in a fire
But then the story takes a turn for the better, at least in part. During the cleanup, one of the firefighters manages to start the charred GT-R, much to Tim’s amazement.
On the spur of the moment, he makes the decision to buy back the GT-R. A few phone calls later, he agreed with the insurance company on a sum of 20,000 US dollars (equivalent to around 19,500 euros).
Tim’s plan: a curious Frankenstein operation
To do this, he turns to the local hot-/rat-rod forge “Oddball Customs”, who accept the special order. What may sound simple in theory turns out to be a real mammoth task. Describing the entire conversion process bit by bit would definitely go beyond the scope; therefore only the most important conversions come here.
First, the GT-R chassis is shortened by about 40 centimeters. The bucket body then has to be widened in metal – after all, a bucket measuring 1.64 meters is around 25 centimeters narrower than a modern Nissan GT-R.
Some parts of the interior (steering wheel, speedometer and center console) are taken over one to one from the GT-R, but have to be adapted to the VW by hand.
Due to space and air supply problems, the coolers are removed without further ado and sit more or less unprotected behind a metal bumper.
Kübel now with 700 instead of 48 hp
After more than a year of conversion work, the bucket is now nearing completion. Instead of the original Beetle engine with initially 44 and later 48 hp, there is now a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 with around 700 hp under the angular hood, which delivers its power to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
And as if that wasn’t crazy enough, Tim opted for an eye-catching zebra design. As I said, Tim is not the type for run-of-the-mill cars.