Swiss coachbuilder, Fred Berhard got it into his head to create the *FB1 Race Taxi*. Our German is not good enough to understand his motivations – other than why not? He definitely had in mind to breathe Porsche performance into a vintage 1962 VW T1 van. It took him 6 years and much engineering derring-do.
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The van is now powered by an air-cooled, forced-induction six-cylinder from a Porsche 993 fitted with two turbochargers. It puts out 530 horsepower through a 6-speed transmission from a 996 GT3. It stops with original Porsche 993 B-Turbo brakes with ABS. The rear side windows have been replaced with twin air intakes. Power steering is supplied from a 993 Bi -Turbo.
Using carbon fiber Fred cut weight down to 3,300 pounds. The van hits 143 mph despite having the aerodynamic impediment of being shaped like a bus.
Fred now offers passenger trips on various race tracks. If I understand correctly, he may be goading Porsche race drivers into a race at the Hockenheim ring.
He has kept meticulous notes on the entire process, in case he wants to build a second one! It’s professional debut is this week at the Wörthersee GTI Meeting in Austria.