Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

We're not sure what makes this vintage Volkswagen more terrifying, the turbocharged V8 engine or the unconventional (for a Bug) engine placement. Either way, this car fulfills a few dreams and, likely, a few nightmares.

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds," was the phrase uttered by J. Robert Oppenheimer shortly after developing the atomic bomb. We can only hope he builder of this certain-death machine felt a similar emotion the first time he planted the progress pedal and rocketed himself into hot rodding lore.

Details are scarce, but we do know this street weapon is powered by a turbocharged 5.3 liter LSx-based engine. Taking the extra indie step forward, the fuel is managed by the beautifully homebrewed Megasquirt system. Die hard vintage VW fanatics will throw a rod when they notice very little original Bug remains, as it sits on a fully boxed one-off chassis with matching integral cage. Enough with the chatter — we'll let the pictures and video below do the talking.

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

Vintage VW Bug Gets Turbocharged V8, Probably One Of The Four Horsemen

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Hat tip to TenBeers!

[LS1Tech]