There are a few candidates for the 'coolest van ever' award. Obviously there's the A-Team van, which wins hands down, then that Ford Transit SportVan thing with stripes on it and...well that's it, really. Oh, the Mutt Cutts dog van from Dumb and Dumber.
Anyway, you can see where we're going with this. Here's a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van stuffed to the max with Pioneer sound equipment. It's called the Project-X, seemingly for no other reason than the fact that giving something an ambiguous sounding name with an X in it somehow sounds good. Apart from the X in X-Factor.
It's based on a Mercedes-Benz Vito 122CDI Sport-X Dualiner (aah, so *that's* where the name comes from), although if you know about that model of van you're less likely to be into drum and bass and more into drums of paint.
Stuffed inside the van's cab is £25,000 worth of Pioneer sound stuff, including a pair of 15-inch sub woofers and four extra 10-inch ones, to "ensure a consistently clear, powerful and wide-ranging bass response," says Mercedes. But no room for paint splattered overalls, for shame.
It has eight amplifiers fed by a state of the art mixer, pushing out 30,500 watts. We don't know how loud that is either, but the Mercedes press release uses an exclamation mark after the number, so we assume it's jaw-rattling.
Brabus has completed the overhaul, giving it a Brabus wheel, leather gear lever, chrome sidebars, a sports exhaust and lowered springs. (We think, although it could just be the weight of all those speakers.)
Obviously it's not going into production, but Mercedes is planning to send it out on the road, to school discos and stuff, the aim no doubt to indoctrinate the next generation of plumbers and building cowboys so that they'll all be reading the Daily Star in Sprinters by 2025. Plan.