This Page has some specs on Laurie's Reub's WRX engines chop top beetle

Car History - This car was originally built by Laurie. Laurie is what I call a motivated nut-bar. If he thinks "I will built a WRX powered VW", he does it. If he thinks "I want a 6 wheel V6 powered kombi", he does it (that's another story). I envy Laurie, and his desire to convert VW's in the most perverted way possible. Laurie occasionally raced the car, but never got around to sorting out all the bugs and generally finishing the car off. 

Enter Reub. Reub had plans of building a very similar car, and was surprised to find someone already had. After months of attempting to contact Laurie to get pointers on the ins and outs of the conversion, he finally made contact. To Reub's surprise Laurie had the beast up for sale. Reub jumped at the opportunity to save months/years on his project and buy Laurie's half completed one. A wise choice I think, a saving of a great deal of time and money. Over the course of this year, you will see Reub take what Laurie started and make it his own. From what he has done so far, the results should be spectacular.

First we will look at the Laurie era. 


The Laurie Era


Ah, the joy of having too much horsepower.
Engine Specs.
Engine Type.: 2.0 litre turbo subaru.
Pushrods....: I don't think so
Horsepower..: lots.
Other stuff..: Porsche Gearbox

Carving up the track at Valla `99
It's good to watch an overpowered car driving around a go-cart track. Laurie was still trying to sort the car out here.

Launching hard at the FF&R Jamboree
Note the rear tyre's surface area for grip, and the front wheel almost off the ground. This picture was scanned from Fast Fours and Rotaries magazine. Laurie's best time of the day was only 12.7 for 1/4 mile, due boost problems. The car kept losing boost above 3,000rpm, causing bogging problems off the line and a general loss of power.

Fibreglass Fantasy
The front end is a one piece fibreglass unit. Underneath it lives...

Look at that huge intercooler in the rear wing.

The Reub Era


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Let the disassembly begin

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There's a hole in my torsion tubes, hmmm

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Can I drive it now, please!!!!

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The power unit, and what a unit it is. G50 Porsche box.

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The new inlet pipes, beautifully crafted from 316SS

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Flush mounted Mazda MX5 door handles

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Wild engine gearbox frame work

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Wide and low quad cam animal

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I think those drag tyres will come in handy!

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As low as you can go

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Rear end on disassembly, before painting. 

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IHI VF23 Turbo ready to go

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One piece fiberglass flip front!

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Stainless Steel Exhaust

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It's pretty tight

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Mitred bend due to space restrictions

For more pics check out Reub's picture website -

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