First off let’s say it is a fully operational motorhome, officially a four-berth, it is more practically a two-person motorhome. With a fixed double bed in the rear, with a separate shower and WC to the side of this. There’s a wardrobe, a sink, a triple burner, and a reasonable amount of storage all laid out in a practical manner. Belted seating for four people including the driver. The rear passenger seats and table convert into a double bed. The front seats are one-offs and sit a little closer to the floor than normal.
Is any of the above what makes this bus famous? No, this is the fastest motorhome in the world! In the hands of racing driver, Sabine Schmitz, the Nurburgring specialist and occasional guest on Top Gear, it can lap that infamous and sinuous ribbon of tarmac, once dubbed ‘The Green Hell” by Sir Jackie Stewart in around eleven minutes! Search on YouTube and you will find videos of that feat. To put that lap in perspective, Sabine managed to lap the same circuit in nine minutes and twelve seconds in an unmodified Jaguar S-Type in 2004. The unvarnished facts are that this bus retains the original 5-cylinder 2.5 diesel engine. Unlike mine, it puts out a little more power than the perfectly adequate 174bhp that VW intended. With a new larger turbo, new injectors, quite possibly some undisclosed internal enhancements and some clever wizardry remapping the ECU, it now pumps out 350bhp. Capable of achieving speeds of up to 191kmh, or 119mph if you prefer.
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