'72 Bug
Dare to Differ
Often the motivation to build a project comes from your peers. That's why Ray Hale went public with his Bug build on the popular forum at Pro-Touring.com. The thread, now titled "Satan's Lady Bug," extends 40 pages with over 11,000 hits. The support and suggestions from his friends on the forum helped guide him in building what just might be the sweetest Bug ever built.

It started 13 years ago when Ray bought the car. It had a Pro Street look with big tires in the back, and a dropped solid front axle in the front. The four-wheel drum brakes and leaf springs were going to interfere with his plans to road race the thing. "My original intent was to upgrade the car with independent front suspension, but I decided I was really tired of my car's Pro Street look, and the associated poor handling characteristics of these cars. I have followed the Pro Touring movement for a while now but never made the mental leap of converting my car to this genre," Ray says. When he realized he could make this car even more fun than keeping it a straight-line runner, he had a lot of parts he couldn't use anymore, but in his words, "It's just money, right?"

Ray has managed to cram an all-aluminum 632ci big-block Chevy in what was the trunk compartment. With 900 hp in a lightweight body and road-race-ready suspension, this car will be hard to beat. Traction may be a problem but that's why he's chosen 13-inch-wide rear wheels and Hoosier R6 rubber to keep it under control.

BY THE NUMBERS
1972 VW SUPER BEETLE
Ray Hale, 50 • Lafayette, LA
900 hp at 6,500 rpm
ENGINE
Type: 632ci big-block Chevy
Block: Dart Big M aluminum
Oiling: Titan Billet pump, Milodon road-race 8-quart pan, Canton 3-quart Accusump system
Rotating assembly: Eagle 4340 forged crank, H-beam rods
Cylinder heads: AFR 335cc CNC-ported aluminum
Camshaft: COMP solid-roller, .714-inch lift
Valvetrain: 2.30-/1.88-inch valves, Jesel Sportsman 1.7 shaft rockers
Induction: Hogan Racing EFI manifold, MSD injectors, Accufab 1,700-cfm throttle body, Big Stuff 3 ECU module
Ignition: MSD Billet distributor, crank trigger, Digital 7, and coil
Cooling: Rod Davis radiator, dual-electric fans, Meziere billet water pump
Fuel system: Aeromotive A1000 pump, 22-gallon Fuel Safe cell
Exhaust: stainless headers, 2.25-inch primaries, 4-inch collectors, 4-inch oval exhaust tubing, SpinTech mufflers
Fasteners: ARP
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: Monster Transmission TH400, Gear Vendors unit, Mastershift Paddleshifter
Driveshaft: Inland Empire 4-inch driveshaft (only 13 inches long)
Rear axle: Chassisworks Fab-9 housing
CHASSIS
Front suspension: Art Morrison crossmember, lower arms, Pro spindles, Joe's Racing upper arms, Sweet Manufacturing rack-and-pinion, KRC Racing PS pump, 1.625-inch sway bar, Penske adjustable coilovers
Rear suspension: Chassisworks canted four-bar, Penske adjustable coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood 14- and 13-inch rotors, six- and four-piston calipers, dual master pedal assembly
WHEELS/TIRES
Wheels: Forgeline GA3R for the street, C6 Z06 for race, 18x12 and 19x13
Tires: Michelin PS2 for the street, Hoosier R6 for race; 335/30R18 and 345/30R19