UBC engineering students to retool Beetle with electric motor
In previous years, UBC engineering students have committed all kinds of pranks with a Volkswagen Beetle, including hanging it from the SkyTrain bridge between Surrey and New Westminster in 2000. This year they plan to swap the gas engine in a working Beetle with an electric engine.
Photograph by: Ian Smith, Vancouver Sun files
VANCOUVER — For nearly 30 years, the University of B.C.’s engineering students have made the Volkswagen Beetle an icon of mischief and pranks.
They’ve planted the car in Lost Lagoon. They’ve hung it from the university’s Ladner Clock Tower and the Lions Gate Bridge. They’ve placed it at the George Massey Tunnel, the PNE’s roller coaster and San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.
This year, a group of UBC electrical engineering students will try to turn that reputation around.