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Monday, 06-08-2018 GermanyID.R Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)

Double dose of Pikes Peak fever

Classic Days Schloss Dyck

Two helpings of fascination at the Classic Days: while the 1987 Volkswagen twin-engine Golf II Pikes Peak took to the Racing Legends circuit with its unmistakable sound, the 500-kW (680-PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak made its German debut at Schloss Dyck. The fully-electric racing car, with Romain Dumas (F) at the wheel, had broken the previous record for electric cars at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and also set a new all-time record with a time of 7:57.148 minutes. Having again set a new electric record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the I.D. R Pikes Peak was finally presented to the public in Germany.

In the new paddock, the 1987 Golf II Pikes Peak was a real crowd-puller as it fired up its twin engines. Volkswagen Classic sent the Golf, which generates a maximum 480 kW (652 PS), onto the historic circuit with Jochi Kleint at the wheel. Kleint raced on Pikes Peak for Volkswagen Motorsport in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and was happy to sign many autographs between his outings at Schloss Dyck. He also answered the questions of many interested fans on the subject of the twin-engine Golf and the toughest hillclimb in the world.