This year’s Wörthersee Tour has shown us a few remarkable concepts from various VW-owned manufacturers. First on the list is the “Race Taxi.” Though not the brainchild of the VW corporate operation, the Race Taxi is a creation of German coachbuilder Fred Bernhard, who spent six years building this unique vehicle.
Featuring a 3.6 liter air-cooled flat six from a 993 generation(1993-1998) Porsche 911, the 1962 VW short-bus produces 522 horsepower and 558 lb. ft of torque by way of the Porsche power-plant. 993 steering and braking systems have also been added to the bus as well. The use of carbon fiber parts and weight saving gimmicks have cut down the vehicle’s weight to around 3,330 lbs. The transmission is slightly newer, being a six-speed manual from a 996 generation(1997-2004) Porsche 911.