1958 Beetle with an Electric Motor

1958 Beetle with an Electric Motor

Zelectric built this 1958 VW Beetle at their company in San Diego, California. The car is propelled by a 65 kW AC-50 3-phase electric motor producing 102 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a custom four-speed transaxle with a heavy-duty clutch and lightened flywheel. The car has … Read more

VW Bug with a Turbo EJ22 – Part 1

Project Bugford VW Beetle with a Subaru EJ22T flat-four

It’s been over two years since Velocity Labs‘s last update on their Bugford project. Thankfully the project is back and ready for the next evolution. The upcoming series will focus on installing a turbocharged Subaru EJ22T flat-four into the Bug. In this video Erik installs the KEP adapter plate and flywheel on the engine before … Read more

1999 Beetle with a LS4 V8

1999 Beetle with a LS4 V8

This 1999 Volkswagen Beetle was built by Dave Hill at Dave’s Discount Custom Auto in in Provo, Utah. He replaced the factory inline-four powertrain with one from a sixth generation Monte Carlo SS. The Beetle is now powered by a 5.3 L LS4 V8 making 303 horsepower and 323 lb-ft of torque. It sends power … Read more

Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

Beetle with a Twin-Turbo Audi V8

This Volkswagen Beetle 1302 was built by owner J├╝rgen in Germany. The car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6 L Audi PL V8 mated to an upgraded 5H19 five-speed automatic transmission sitting on a custom chassis. The engine produces 440 horspeower at 0.8 bar (11.6 psi) for the street or 700 horsepower at 1.4 bar … Read more

Custom VW Beetle with a RB25DET Inline-Six Update

Custom VW Beetle with a RB25DET inline-six

Earlier this year we shared a custom Beetle being built with a BMW E36 chassis/suspension and turbo RB25DET inline-six. Since then the project has made a lot of progress. The engine bay now holds new plumbing to support the built inline-six, Holset turbocharger, and coolers. They also installed a Bride racing seat in the cabin … Read more