What do you call a 1953 Volkswagen Transporter that tops 100 mph? A world record holder.
12.65 seconds is not a terrible quarter-mile time, but the number is more impressive coming from a Volkswagen Transporter van. That time was posted by a 1953 Transporter as it moved on to an impressive 102.84 mph (165.50 km/h) top speed.
Although more than 10 million Transporter vans have been produced over the last 59 years, few (if any) were put together like this one. The Frankfurt based team swapped the original engine for a VW 2.8-liter unit that produces a maximum 253 horsepower and 330 Nm of torque.
Northamptonshire's Santa Pod Raceway played host to the time trial, which became a world record for a naturally-aspirated VW van according to VW UK. The quarter-mile record for all Volkswagen vans is 12.5 seconds, but maybe not for long.
The Frankfurt-based team behind this '53 Transporter believe they can smash the record during July's Bug Jam VW Festival at Santa Pod.