SLEEPER BUG: 517 WHP Subaru-powered 1973 VW Super Beetle | Nicole Johnson's Detour EP1 

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Would you ever guess this cute little VW bug produces 517 horsepower at the wheels and screams like a Formula 1 race car? Nicole Johnson goes for a wild ride in the ultimate Sleeper Bug, a Subaru WRX-powered 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle that you’d swear was bone stock. But that’s the whole point…
Designed, built and owned by OG13 King of the Hammers winner John Reynolds. us-first.info

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Feb 9, 2021




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dan duffy
dan duffy 2 minutes ago
Great bug! but if that woman dosnt know how to drive a stick, I wouldnt let her near that car!
W P 2 hours ago
Ugh that guy is a tool. Next time romp that throttle.
MR GUMBOOT 2 hours ago
That look on her face butterfly.
Ronald Vandermoon
Ronald Vandermoon 2 hours ago
Can this be duplicated in a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia?
Jo Marz
Jo Marz 3 hours ago
He's a great dude, I wouldn't ever let her mess with that ride ...
Gee S
Gee S 8 hours ago
Nice Job. But. The real job today would be: One e-motor for each wheel. 4 Wheel Drive. There you have it. Your 5oohp Beetle wouldn't even have heard that one coming and see it only passing it by. Think about it. GEE S. from Germany
Rerock 9 hours ago
Is the one from the build thread on Pirate4x4?
Fyvos Ioakim
Fyvos Ioakim 14 hours ago
Lol Currently being rebuilt after this interview.
Galuh Richata
Galuh Richata 15 hours ago
I am a Subaru fan boy, and I want that bug.. that is just awesome...😍😍😍
Skip White
Skip White 16 hours ago
that's the fucked up transmission I've ever seen. put a normal trans in that thing.
Life in Washington
Life in Washington 19 hours ago
Thanks Nicole, great video. Thanks for giving my 11yro daughter a real hero to look up to.
Nicole Johnson's Detour
I love this! Thank you and tell her I said hello!!
Labor Tank
Labor Tank 20 hours ago
This is a very irritating man. He is always one-upping her in conversation and he's often wrong. He assumes she is a moron and he is a genius. He's wrong on both counts. I'm not saying he is stupid but he is not as smart as he thinks he is. He IS the type of man I would punch after a few minutes if I were forced to listen to him speak. She is both patient and forgiving.
Labor Tank
Labor Tank 20 hours ago
It's not parasitic drag. It's frictional loss. Parasitic drag is a type aerodynamic drag.
Nicholas Mirmino
Nicholas Mirmino 22 hours ago
mp i saw his immpresion. LMFAO
orgenoburt Day ago
I love a woman that can talk cars!🤩
blackbirdxx928 Giffin
Dog box, like a motorcycle? Guess he hasnt done much bike ridding...if you are on the gas you can pull up on the shifter just as hard as you want, it aint gona come out of gear until you back of the gas a little....Bad ass little car....got to love sleepers....although the E 85 is kind of a bite...half the fuel mileage for 100 hp
John S
John S Day ago
It's always scary when someone else is driving😱 I love this woman😍😜💖
John Sikes
John Sikes Day ago
It may look like a sleeper, but NOBODY that knows anything is going to mistake that for a VW motor as soon as you start it up. Tis a beast! I had a friend that, way back, swapped a slightly built Porsche motor and welded a full parallelogram suspension up under a bug. Obviously not the beast this this is, straight line, but it WAS fast (maybe 5 seconds to 60) and he would destroy this thing on a road course. He used to autocross it all the time, and it was competitive with all but the purpose built really high performance esoteric stuff (this was local autocross, not something pro level). This is one bad ass bug, and I like the mini stock looking pipes on the waste gate. I suspect that might even quiet it down a bit in operation, sounded like it on the video. Looks like a heap o fun, and looks like it needs a WHOLE lot more 'hook up' if you are going to race. If he drags it, I assume they are drag slicks then. I'd like to see a run with it, if so. I'll take a look 'round. Sounds just plain awesome! One fine toy. Beautiful build. Looking at the axle drive angles gave me a little chill, though, but I don't remember what the original angles looked like, vertically, so maybe not a issue. Might go through joints fairly often if it is excessive. It would have required some pretty major work arounds to 'fix' it though, so I certainly understand why you didn't. Really stock appearing, just not remotely stock sounding. Would have been funny (and silly) to quiet it a lot and put a speaker underneath putting out stock VW motor sounds (kidding).
David Lees
David Lees Day ago
He should of painted white with a blue and red stripe and stuck 53 on the doors
Roy D Mercer
Roy D Mercer Day ago
His face when he was getting on it. An then when she drove was funny. He didn’t like it. Can’t blame him. She could had just been happy riding in it.
Work Life
Work Life Day ago
The ultimate spy car.
KO251 Day ago
E85 takes more diesel fuel to plow, plant harvest and turn into ethanol and thus is WORSE than pure fossil fuel gasoline. All E85 does is drive up the cost of food made from corn.
hoser hose
hoser hose Day ago
13:29 13:54 almost kills them twice
Daniel Inocencio
Let the man talk...
Mike Roberson
LMAO! Dude is scared to death of her driving! I don't blame him though...lol
What a cool chick! And what a cool car :-)
Brady Szabo
Brady Szabo Day ago
That was great. Such nice work on the car. I wish I would have learned how to work on them when I was younger.
Mikel Robles
Mikel Robles Day ago
Did he really just let a Standard Transmission driver virgin drive his baby WTF dudes crazylol!! Also Someone plz find his 1/4mi. Timeslip plz!
Anthony Day ago
Maybe he should've used a synchronized transmission.
Tyler Spin
Tyler Spin Day ago
Gotta love this guy
Tyler Spin
Tyler Spin Day ago
Truly a sleeper. Nice job
Scott S.
Scott S. Day ago
Love the glasses. Great video
William Guill
You're a very trusting person! She looked like she had 2 "O's" between 2nd and 3rd, the last time you drove it before she started grinding gears!
Dane Fuller
Dane Fuller Day ago
I see that ls4...
Kevlar 2 days ago
his face when he drives (kills me) haha
jose gutierrez
jose gutierrez 2 days ago
Realmente el video lo veo porque me gusto la chica, gracias buenas tardes...
Victor Scurs
Victor Scurs 2 days ago
Unbelievable... People can't drive manual and doing a car review...
Keith Combs
Keith Combs 2 days ago
I think he’s scared of is car
Steve Padilla
Steve Padilla 2 days ago
Amazing car and looks fun to drive. Would love to have it and drive up to a muscle car and smoke him to the next stoplight. haha
nothereforlong 2 days ago
She is my sweet spot. 😍😍😍
AC Wright
AC Wright 2 days ago
When you said sleeper bug, I thought you meant it has a place to sleep inside.
Herbert Simon
Herbert Simon 2 days ago
Wow...driving way too fast (110+) on a public road in a vehicle that can "get squirrely ". Stunningly irresponsible. Take it to the track.
Mike Folgers
Mike Folgers 2 days ago
3rdpull 2 days ago
Herbie Goes Bananas
Rolly Polly
Rolly Polly 2 days ago
I find her really attractive
BigDmike 2 days ago
That fella was a good sport. You did a good job 👍
Kevin Oxtoby
Kevin Oxtoby 2 days ago
Drive it like a tractor, pick a gear and use it, or like the old mini start in second change to fourth. The only difference is if you hit the gas and it does not break loose then you will need a glass floor to see where you are going.
Robsthedon 2 days ago
Love this!
wingsken 2 days ago
Vw bugs were death traps. My dad had the 1.6l double carburettor version of it and he said, with the engine in the rear and the low weight front, its road grip sucked, especially in wet conditions.
Willy Zaragoza
Willy Zaragoza 2 days ago
F A N T A S T I C ! ! !
toose70 2 days ago
That’s now an early 911, a widow maker lol.
John Terlaje
John Terlaje 2 days ago
Hes not happy at the end😡
Frank Gabron
Frank Gabron 2 days ago
No better racecar/monster truck driver on the planet to test drive the "Sleeper Bug" !! GREAT video !
captainothing 2 days ago
Please mention all the experts that actually build these cars its lovely you can afford these projects but please appreciate the engineers.
Freedom Nuggets
Freedom Nuggets 2 days ago
you know it's fast..... when the owner looks panicked in the pull.
Smitty 2 days ago
When a woman man handles a full blown rock crawler for 6 hrs at a time but a 73 vw beetle gives her a giant wet spot! Lmao
marsocreaper 2 days ago
18:32 😱👀 when panic attacks
skinnyt 2 days ago
super beetles sux
Glenn Muir
Glenn Muir 2 days ago
Cool car, shite viddy.
cjones29hd 3 days ago
Wow the work underneath is top notch
c1965MG 3 days ago
Not a car where you would want to sit in the passenger seat with an amateur driving
Thom Platt
Thom Platt 3 days ago
His face when he drives is funny as hell. He is white knuckling the steering wheel.
Jaime San
Jaime San 3 days ago
I like sleepers, especially ones that appear this stock. Now about that E85, it may be clean burning but the energy to convert grain to ethanol pollutes as much as gasoline when it's all said and done.
HollandaGuy 3 days ago
i like her!! petrol girl
Thomas Pike
Thomas Pike 3 days ago
Is a Sleeper Bug like a Bed Bug?
orangecounty60 3 days ago
That’s about the stupidest thing that you would ever do to a race engine is to put a dog box in there so you could grind the gears and potentially ruin the whole thing
Jonathan Edmondson
Mighty car mods did it first with miss daisy
Make sure you get a guy to drive you around in it.. Lord you will be dead in that..
Open Carry
Open Carry 3 days ago
So she is ignorant, but at least she is interested which most gals are not. She's also nice to look at.
Marcus Vargas
Marcus Vargas 3 days ago
wow nice guy
Al Gobotsfan
Al Gobotsfan 3 days ago
That would be a great triple take bug!:)
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor 3 days ago
For such a light car, that's a lot of power!
Ufkun Çakır
Ufkun Çakır 3 days ago
It's so naked in John's eyes that the bug is his precious!!
mikeinwtby 3 days ago
Did she allow him to even finish one sentence?
Delta_1103 3 days ago
My dad had a baby blue super beetle back in the day.
Tony Luciano
Tony Luciano 3 days ago
The VW is pretty cool, but I was alot more interested in the Hot Female showing it off, and she knows her stuff too. 😁
mr toehead
mr toehead 3 days ago
is that a 66 corvair
Apixture Photobooth
I like that!
Vicente Fuentes
Vicente Fuentes 3 days ago
I like the girl's expressions...
James Webb
James Webb 3 days ago
I had a 73 super beetle, built just enough to enter and exit freeway traffic, could buy every piece but new struts....good memories
DragNDrive 3 days ago
He looked stressed when he hit it
JOE KING 4 days ago
everyone herd of herbie the love bug....so with that being said my dream car would be a 73' beetle and all painted up the same fashion as herbie the love bug BUT remove 53 and put 73 THIS 73 beetle as seen here would be the ultimate dream beetle for me BUT painted as i said like herbie the love bug BUT 73 of course :)
Johnsmopar 4 days ago
Damn shes constantly interrupting him
Emil Olguin
Emil Olguin 4 days ago
Around 1975 a friend of mine was looking to buy a new car. She was considering a Subaru so we went to the dealer. When I saw the water-cooled horizontally opposed engine in the Subaru, it blew me away! I had been driving a wimpy Volkswagon Beetles (1962, 1200cc ragtop) for a few years and was totally surprised by how Subaru had essentially taken a Volkswagon engine and re-engineered it. John Reynolds has taken it to another plateau!
Oakie 4 days ago
I had a 72’ super Beatle. It was $7 to fill, fit a 1/4 keg in the spare tire and run tap through Glove box. I never drink alcohol so I drove and it was fun. My Beatle had about as much power as a basic John Deere rider. The super Beatle was a superior bug and I think with the better suspension and round windshield was much better than a standard.
Sat S
Sat S 4 days ago
Shes cute
Rob Young
Rob Young 4 days ago
You should race the dung beetle in OKC with the street outlaws
derek b
derek b 4 days ago
*miss daisy has entered the chat*
Diego Guzman
Diego Guzman 4 days ago
Pobre auto!!! Qué lo maneje alguien que sepa
Diego Guzman
Diego Guzman 4 days ago
Nunca manejo con embrague???? Jajajajajaja 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣, se acostumbran a la caja automática y con 3 pedales se quieren matar!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
UncleEdd 4 days ago
Love the car. Where can I get one?
Gamer Oficial
Gamer Oficial 4 days ago
Lots of anxiety seeing that even he didn't seem to know what's gonna happen every time he floored it - definitely too much power for that little VW 😅
Jono G
Jono G 4 days ago
The look in his eye as he did that booty bump.
Taylor Odonnell
Taylor Odonnell 4 days ago
Why is she learning how to drive manual in this car🤦🏻‍♂️
Jcewazhere 3 days ago
Most standard transmissions have synchronizers that make it easier to shift. This car doesn't have those so you have to match revs. In a car that you've never driven before, and especially one that's heavily modified, that's quite difficult and takes practice.
Taylor Odonnell
Taylor Odonnell 4 days ago
How tf is this his car and he accidentally popped the front trunk looking for the engine 🤦🏻‍♂️
Christian's Customs
That’s was a joke dude Jesus, clearly you’ve never met a beetle owner
Vizual 4 days ago
"People like that... whatever... whatever dude". HAHA I love her.
Relapse. 88-
Relapse. 88- 4 days ago
hot cars always showing off they hot girls!
harry twatter
harry twatter 4 days ago
The flame thrower at the end.👍🏻
BubaJ1000 4 days ago
Reminds me of a fellow racer. 500+ ponies to the rear of his 240z. Yank that datsun inline 6 and drop in a Supra twin turbo inline 6. He had no problem over taking a Viper V10 any place on the track.
GAS Man 4 days ago
I had to stop watching this video. It felt like "since I think I'm hot, let me strip out your gear box on your very expensive modded Super Beetle". She should have quit asking as soon as he said, "no syncros".
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