Mechanics and workers at Volkswagen made the bizarre Christmas treat out of sponge cake, chocolate jam and icing, and auctioned it for charity
When it comes to bizarre Christmas treats, the engineers at Volkswagen really take the biscuit – because they’ve created a camper van out of GINGERBREAD.
Fourteen mechanics and assembly workers at the German manufacturer’s HQ created a life-size biscuit version of their iconic VW camper van.
And they’re now set to auction it off to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
Showing a sense of humour, some would consider rare in the Teutonic auto business.
But the plant workers in the city of Hannover, Lower Saxony, crafted the rest of it with sponge cake, chocolate, jam, and icing.
The GTi – or Gingerbread Tastes Incredible – took 150 painstaking hours to make and needed 280 kilograms (617 lbs) of biscuit dough, held together with melted chocolate.
Then the plant’s paint finish experts – who used eight litres of food colouring – took over, spraying layers of icing all over, followed by white and red chocolate to give the final touches.
And then – showing the precision German engineers are famous for – the team painstakingly recreated the world famous VW logo.
The camper was then sold at auction, raising £1,975 for a local children’s cancer charity.
Creator Dr Elke Eller, 43, VW trucks’ human resources head, said: “This project has been fantastic because it was fun and has let us help children who are ill with cancer.
“But on top of this we have been able to give our camper van a bit of a Christmas feeling.”
German car dealer Rudi Dietl, 45, first had the idea for the full-size Volkswagen bus made of gingerbread and was also there at the unveiling of the gingerbread camper van.