Sportsmobile offers more tie-down points, cabinets for tools and spare parts, cubbies for helmets, and hangers for gear in the cargo area, but our tester didn't come equipped with these items--we could've used them.
Everything motorcycle-related stayed in the Bat Cave, as well as our industrial-size cooler with all the track-day grub. All luggage, laptops, and photo gear were stashed in the main cabin. And, oh, what a cabin it is! The Lopes 55 is laid out to sleep three or seat five. A bench seat running the length of the cabin converts to a full-size bed, though you do risk crunching fingers when opening it. This came in very handy during our weekend-long track day, as it allowed for instant pit lane access in the morning and created a dream commute. At the rear, a single bed spans the width of the van, providing ideal sleeping room for anyone under five feet tall. We used it to store our luggage.
As it turns out, The Lopes 55 is the ideal track-day support vehicle. We parked it in the pit lane, assembled the pullout awning, and set up EZ-ups to shade our large crew. We rolled out the barbecue (provided by other pit-crew members) and the coals were hot for grilling in no time. Folding chairs and even a hammock were quickly set up and occupied. Suddenly the Lopes 55 was the center of pit-lane activity. Equipped with a sink, small fridge, and microwave, this Sprinter supported the pit crew with chilled snacks and beverages.
The van offered other popular pit-stop amenities such as the air compressor with various fittings for airing up tires, and the shower hose in the Bat Cave, allowing for midday cooldowns and end-of-day cleanups. Ours was truly the coolest pit-lane setup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Admittedly, the Sprinter is no supermodel. You don't buy this vehicle to enhance your image, but you'd never know it by the attention it garners. In the pit lane and at truck stops alike, we got numerous inquiries, including two very serious offers to purchase it.
Instead of cashing in, we gave full tours of the cab and Bat Cave, sending folks walking away with thoughts of converting to a more mobile lifestyle. The track rats were especially intrigued by the vehicle's versatility, and I'm confident we helped lead them to a purchase of a Sportsmobile Sprinter Lopes 55, or at least planted that seed of interest.
Heck, after such a thoroughly enjoyable weekend made possible by all the Lopes 55's amenities, I might consider it myself.