You may be wondering why the opening two pics of this article are near identical. Look closely, can you see it? Not the two exhaust exits on the same side of the car. Need more clues? In one pic the car is spinning its front tyre, whereas in the other it’s the rear wheel that is doing a burnout. That’s because the seven-second GTI hides a secret… a second engine.
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Not a new concept
We know that a twin-engined Golf is not a new idea. Volkswagen Motorsport built the 1987 Golf Mk2 ‘Pikes Peak’. This prototype was built for the demanding Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado, USA. It has two turbocharged engines producing a combined 480 kW of power.
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The feature car in this video is owned by Bruce Morehouse. Morehouse happens to be from Colorado, coincidence? maybe. Anyway, his is no ordinary Golf GTI. It also has two turbocharged engines, both are VR6 units. The one in front displaces 2,9 litres and the rear unit is 3,0 litres. Each is fed by a different size turbocharger. This results in different power outputs for each set of driven wheels.
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Additionally, each engine sends power to the ground through its own transmission, which is why Bruce is able to do burnouts independently for each axle. Peak power from both engines is said to be north of 1 600 kW. As a result, the seven-second GTI can do over 300 km/h in the quarter mile. Watch the car in action and listen to the owner explain some of the car’s intricacies and challenges in the video below.