#MadMaxChallenge My entry! 1974 VW Typ 181.

#MadMaxChallenge My entry! 1974 VW Typ 181. - General

The Typ 181 ‘Thing’ was VW’s response in order to develop a military car for the West German Army. It’s a little RWD convertible with an air-cooled 1500cc carburated boxer engine, and has surprisingly good off-road capabilities.
The concept is based on the VW Typ 82 ‘Kubelwagen’, that was in service in WW2 between 1940 and 1945. The Kubelwagen’s engine was a 1100cc air-cooled boxer taken from the KdF Wagen (the original Beetle). These air-cooled engines performed pretty good in rough conditions, like in Africa, where it played an important role, because water from allied cars’ radiators evaporated. And in the Eastern Front in winter, where water from the radiators froze, in extreme temperatures reaching –55ºC by midnight.

#MadMaxChallenge My entry! 1974 VW Typ 181. - General
#MadMaxChallenge My entry! 1974 VW Typ 181. - General

Anyways, enough chattering, on to the modifications!
This car comes with the 1500N air-cooled engine, probably one of the most reliable VW air-cooled’s. The power figure is 44 hp, with 106 Nm of torque. Since air-cooled engines tend to overheat, I’d install a cooling fan. These fans take away horsepower, so I’d put a lighter flywheel. I want my car to perform excellent in rough temperatures, and carburetors work better at specific temperatures, that’s why I would equip it with a Bosch K-Jetronic injection system, similar to the Porsche 914/4. Of course, I want my car to sound mad and have a good airflow, so I’d install a S&S exhaust system.

#MadMaxChallenge My entry! 1974 VW Typ 181. - General

I’d do some internal work like valves, camshafts, etc, to gain more power, and then I’d make an AWD conversion, similar to the VW Typ 166 ‘Schwimmwagen’, an amphibious vehicle from WW2.

The VW Typ 166 'Schwimmwagen', used to cross rivers.
The VW Typ 166 'Schwimmwagen', used to cross rivers.

Well, that was my entry for the #MadMaxChallenge, hope you like it and have a good day!