The hot tub transformation of a VW Beetle
UK distributor, Plastica, has completed the challenge of transforming a VW Beetle car into a fully functional hot tub.
The concept behind the Hot-Dub was conceived while Managing Director Edward Campbell-Salmon and Jody attended the Aquanale pool exhibition in Cologne. They saw an Opel Corsa that had been modified to take a basic square shaped pool, but had lost its original lines and character, in the process.
The challenge was to achieve this transformation but retain the key features of the car. After some banter between Edward and Jody, the gauntlet was thrown down and the idea began to take shape.
Being a VW enthusiast, Jody found a Beetle convertible for sale locally and was mildly familiar with working on this model. The engine, gearbox and interior were stripped out to make way for the new equipment.
The biggest challenge was planning each stage and taking into account the knock-on effect each adaptation would have further down the line. Key features, like the working convertible roof, electric windows and particularly the steering needed to remain functional to ensure that it would still appear as a fully operational car.
A steel frame was constructed to strengthen the original shell and take the 750kg weight of water, then timber work was added to form the shape of the hot tub. It was important that the hot tub shell followed the body lines of the car as closely as possible to achieve the simple, clean look that Jody envisaged.
Then came the hidden electrics, 3d on-site lining, remote RGBW LED lighting (including modified headlights to project the same colour as the hot tub), 20” alloy wheels and heavily modified suspension, all posing their own individual hurdles along the way. Then the ultimate test, was it water tight? A seven day wet test proved successful and the team were on to the finishing touches.
The paintwork was refurbished, decals of the sponsors’ logos (for the components used in the build) were cut out in chrome vinyl and added to the side of the car, in a similar fashion to that of the modified car scene.