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.
Built like a Lancia-Abarth #037 or Delta S4, except with two engines.
1987 was the third and final race of VW's twin-engined Pikes Peak special.
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.
Audi won Pikes Peak in 1985, '86 and '87 as well. Mostly because the Quattros had wings, unlike VW's Golfs.
Monocoque chassis, fiberglass/Kevlar body.
DOHC, 16V, x2.
The Pikes Peak Golfs were built by open wheeler specialist Kaimann Racing in Vienna, Austria.
34 liters, or 9 gallons or racing fuel for two engines and a roughly 11 minute run.
Formula-3 style suspension.
Fresh Pirelli Corsas, slightly toasted.
50:50 weight balance.
Look out for the caimans.
Sufficient lighting at 14,110 ft.
It had to look like a Golf.
Turbo engines never rev as high.
Hewland Formula-2 gearbox.
325 horsepower at the front.
A body that's 20 cm (7.87 inches) wider than a stock Mark 2 Golf.
Sidepipe at the front, regular setup at the rear.
Pure racing technology.
Soundproofing behind the driver.
Pikes Peak is bumpy.
Extra cooling, engine moved forward...modified grille.
Light, purposeful, lovely.
Thousands of rivets.
Austrian-made, like the G-Wagen.
It's done more than that.
That's one rare Momo steering wheel.
VW Motor Sport: only the important bits.
The twin-engined car would not go in a straight line, unless at full throttle.
Recaro buckets, refurbished.
1987. Jochi Kleint had to stop just three turns and a quarter-mile from the finish line due to a suspension ball joint failure.
That year, Walter Röhrl took the crown with hisAudi Sport Quattro E2 Pikes Peak.
315 hp at the back, 325 at the front to keep it somewhat civilized.
Built like a Lancia S4.
VW's new Pikes Peak car has a lot of aero, because it doesn't need to sell Golfs like the original did.
Refurbished for the Wörthersee and the this year Pikes Peak-themed Eifel Rally Festival by VW Motorsport in just six month.
Cooling was everything. Today, the water spraying system is missing, because VW couldn't find a photo of it.
Talk about having the correct stance.
No, it isn't a GTI. It's a turbocharged, twin-engined monster of a rally car.