Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
As aficionados of the VW scene will attest, there's not a lot that hasn't been done to the mkI Golf over the years: RWD conversions, V8s, bike engines, you name it. But this one, from Van Vught Tuning in the Netherlands, eschews the conventions of the entire genre by, er, not actually being a mkI Golf at all. Cunning, eh?
It's actually a bespoke spaceframe with a Golf-alike plastic body plonked on top. There's a 300bhp 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel sitting way back in what I suppose we can call the engine bay, right up against the place you'd normally find the bulkhead (sorry, the terminology's tricky when you're talking about a wheeled climbing frame), while elsewhere you'll find such natty features as remote-reservoir coilovers, a Stack dash, a rear transaxle, and a minimalist Kirkey bucket. All in all, a pretty savage creation.
Spotted at the 2014 Apex Festival - click here for more.