December 7, 2022

Air experience. 20” wheels. Sound system. Feels like an everyday bagged VW T6, proper? Improper. Luke Massy and the workforce at Plush don’t do common… 

Function from Efficiency VW. Phrases: Gordie Woollacott. Images: Conor Cross.

Right here’s a query for you: Do Transport house owners develop into ‘van guys’, or are they born with the situation? In the event you can swap, or a minimum of develop into each, what wouldn’t it take? I bear in mind a lad who used to run round in a Ford Escort van again in my boy racer days (late ‘90s if you happen to’re questioning!). It was Peppermint inexperienced, had black home windows and an RS physique equipment with matching wheels. On the time, I couldn’t perceive why you’d select a van. I imply, that was for work women and men. Nevertheless, a number of years on, one evening sleeping in a bay window after my tent blew away and I used to be hooked.

For Luke Massy, proprietor and founding father of Plush Automotive and ABP (Air By Plush) there was a bit extra peer stress concerned. Nevertheless, when he lastly took the van tablet he too was hooked. “The employees saved pushing me into it,” he laughs. “Seeing as we have been growing an air suspension equipment for the Transporter on the time, I assumed I ought to in all probability pay attention. I used to be positively hesitant to start with however need to admit it is among the finest selections I ever made. I can now see 100% why there may be such an enormous following.” He continues, “Having developed the most well-liked air suspension equipment for these now, we now have met so many nice folks from all walks of life utilizing their vans for such totally different functions. It truly is ‘one van matches all.’”

This harmless Blackberry T6 Kombi rolled out of VW and into Plush again in 2017, full with a 204hp engine and DSG gearbox. Little did it understand how life would look just some months later. “Proudly owning Plush since 2006 and all the time attempting to remain on the forefront of the {custom} aftermarket business, there was no excuse for me not having a van. It’s only a larger canvas for us to be artistic with,” Luke says as he tries to persuade himself. “We needed the car to carry all of the bells and whistles we normally match to vehicles, but additionally preserve it completely useful and never lose inside cabin house.” With a crew of 5 engaged on it at anyone time, simply three months later (and a £30,000 elements invoice) the outcomes are actually inked ceaselessly on these pages. You’ll discover a lot of superlatives all through this journal, and certainly within the English language. I personally can’t select one – are you able to? In the event you’re down with a little bit of OCD, that is your van. It’s flawless.

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“The largest problem was attempting to maintain every part compact and never be tempted to simply eat up the house inside,” says Luke. “We resolve issues at Plush. I believe with the custom-built, centrally mounted sub field within the entrance and by packing all of the electronics that energy the air and audio right into a metal field the place the spare wheel would normally sit (in case your van comes with one), I believe we delivered.” Sure, delivered is actually a method of understating the purpose.

Having been solely a automotive man till that fateful day in 2017, Luke felt compelled to take care of what he describes as ‘an enormous echoing tin field inside.’ Everyone is aware of what a carpet-lined van seems like, Plush even provide it themselves as a service. What’s the purpose of a demo van if the factor it ‘demos’ is already effectively established? What number of Alcantara-lined vans have you ever seen? To slender it even additional, what number of at this degree?  “With carpet being a thick materials, it hides all of the dips and troughs on the steel work resembling spot welds and so on,” explains Luke. “However not so with Alcantara! First, we needed to fully easy all of the little particulars on the within of our brand-new van earlier than laying down the fabric. Particulars like this are just about hidden now the car is full.” All these hours on one thing only some folks will even know is there. No nice genius has ever existed with out some contact of insanity (first ever Aristotle quote in PVW?).

The ‘subsequent levelness’ continues within the cab space the place, reasonably than merely portray the cream plastics that weren’t sitting effectively with Luke’s eye, he took a unique method. “I didn’t just like the considered the paint chipping or getting scratched which could be very prone to occur with all of the motion across the cab getting out and in,” he says. “As a substitute, we began the mammoth process of cross-referencing different VW elements that had OEM black fixings such because the seat belt buckles and seize handles. We even went to the extent of shopping for black Audi sunvisors and grafting an OEM mirror into the bagged VW T6 solar visors earlier than trimming.” A contact of insanity.

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Bagged VW T6

Ending off the cab are a pair of Audi RS3 seats. Fitted on bespoke Plush Automotive subframe plates, trimmed in mint Nappa leather-based and with illuminated rear Plush logos they make this van about as faraway from a van as you may get.

Regardless of all of the reasonably spectacular trimmings, the raison d’etre of this machine was and is the suspension. “Sure, it was all concerning the air experience,” Luke confirms. “There have been a number of kits available on the market that had not delivered the right outcomes and corporations not even delivering the product that was ordered. We took it upon ourselves to create ABP suspension, working carefully with our already nice companions at Bilstein UK. Like Plush, we solely needed to fabricate a premium product at ABP that will set the benchmark in Transporter air suspension. We’re now promoting all around the world, so I believe we did a fairly good job!”

Bagged VW T6

This van is kitted out with ABP air suspension struts managed by Accuair E-level load levelling administration system and the brand new ABP twin noise discount compressors. A T30 hub swap helps with the lows while H&R roll bars and Powerflex adjustable rear interior and outer bushes preserve issues tight. The battery and airbox have each been raised to make sure the noises solely come from the Milltek DPF backbox or your selection of tunes emanating from that {custom} sub field by way of an Audison Bit One HD processor and at least two Audison Thesis 4 channel amps actively powering the entire system.

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Virtually as loud because the thumping ICE are the Vossen wheels measuring 9×20” within the entrance and a barely wider 10” within the again. The deep concave, matt bronze HF5s are wearing 235×35 and 245×35 rubber, entrance and rear respectively.

Bagged VW T6

“We tried to maintain this mission enjoyable, showcase what Plush can obtain and construct it for ourselves,” says Luke. “By the point that is revealed the van might be sitting on our new ABP +35mm elevate air suspension equipment. It’s going to then be on the market both lifted or lowered, purely so we will construct one other with out tearing this one to items. We wish to see somebody benefit from the laborious work put into it. I completely adore it and it’s in all probability my favorite car I’ve owned.”

Fancy it or wish to give your van the Plush Automotive therapy? Drop the fellows at Plush a DM with any enquiries. It could be insanity to not, wouldn’t it?

Bagged VW T6

Tech Spec: Bagged VW T6

Engine:

2.0-litre 204 with DSG, Milltek DPF again with black tailpipes

Chassis:

ABP (AirByPlush) Air suspension struts managed by load levelling Accuair E-level Administration system with the brand new ABP suspension noise discount compressors, T30 Hub Swap, H&R roll bars, Powerflex adjustable rear interior and outer bushes, Battery and air field elevate, entrance 9×20 deep concave matte bronze Vossen HF5, rear 10×20 deep concave matte bronze Vossen HF5, Pirelli P Zero tyre entrance 235/35/20, rear 245/35/20

Exterior:

Inventory

Inside:

All inside spot welds and seams smoothed earlier than making use of real Alcantara, bespoke fabricated starlight ceiling with down lights, OEM bespoke rear flooring carpet with matching Caravelle OEM entrance carpet, Caravelle black entrance door playing cards and decrease sprint swap, inside sliding door and tailgate panels completed in matching Alcantara, Sunken amp and hardline set up in rear flooring, bespoke Accuair touchpad door mount, full trim in Alcantara and mint leather-based

Audio:

Rainbow Profi 3-way energetic entrance finish utilising Plush Automotive designed 3D printed mid bass on axis door mounts, bespoke A pillar builds, Rainbow 10” Profi up entrance centre sub housed in a {custom} centre enclosure, Audison Bit One HD processor, Audison thesis 4 channel Amplifiers (x2)