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A Look at VW’s Last Pikes Peak Attempt With Radical Twin-Engined Golf

A look back at Volkswagen’s last Pikes Peak Hill Climb car, featuring radical bi-engine Golf…

Thursday’s announcement that Volkswagen will enter next year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an all-electric prototype will mark the German manufacturer’s first attempt at the world-renowned event in 30 years, when it built a radical twin-engined Golf that nearly pulled off the win in 1987.

German rally driver Jochi Kleint piloted the Golf, featuring 1.8-liter, 16-valve engines mounted to both the front and rear of the car, that combined to produce more than 650 horsepower.

While having led through the first split, Kleint was forced to retire only a few corners from the finish due to suspension failure.

VW’s 2018 Pikes Peak challenger could also likely feature multiple motors, but of the electric variety, as the manufacturer seeks to break the current class record for an all-electric prototype, a 8:57.118 set by Rys Millen last year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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