Volkswagen's Twin-Engined 1987 Pikes Peak Golf: The Gallery

Two engines, three years at Pikes Peak, zero aero, rocking hard without achieving victory.

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For 1987, Volkswagen built a fast Rabbit. A really, really fast Rabbit with two hearts and a body that put a Group B car to shame.

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Built like a Lancia-Abarth #037 or Delta S4, except with two engines.

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1987 was the third and final race of VW's twin-engined Pikes Peak special.

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While the 1985 version used a pair of 1.3 Polo engines with a turbocharger, from 1986, VW upgraded to the 1.8 16-valve Golf motors.

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Audi won Pikes Peak in 1985, '86 and '87 as well. Mostly because the Quattros had wings, unlike VW's Golfs.

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Monocoque chassis, fiberglass/Kevlar body.

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DOHC, 16V, x2.

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The Pikes Peak Golfs were built by open wheeler specialist Kaimann Racing in Vienna, Austria.

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34 liters, or 9 gallons or racing fuel for two engines and a roughly 11 minute run.

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Formula-3 style suspension.

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Fresh Pirelli Corsas, slightly toasted.

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50:50 weight balance.

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Look out for the caimans.

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Sufficient lighting at 14,110 ft.

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It had to look like a Golf.

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Turbo engines never rev as high.

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Hewland Formula-2 gearbox.

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Authentic.

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325 horsepower at the front.

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Intercoolers.

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A body that's 20 cm (7.87 inches) wider than a stock Mark 2 Golf.

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Sidepipe at the front, regular setup at the rear.

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Pure racing technology.

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Soundproofing behind the driver.

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Pikes Peak is bumpy.

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Extra cooling, engine moved forward...modified grille.

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Light, purposeful, lovely.

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Thousands of rivets.

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Austrian-made, like the G-Wagen.

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It's done more than that.

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