Watch: A VR12 Golf Does Front and then Rear Wheel Burnouts

It surely won’t have escaped your notice that Volkswagen is returning to Pikes Peak for the first time in nigh on 30 years—the last run being accomplished by a twin-engine Golf that ultimately couldn’t make it all the way up to the Peak.

I bring this up only to point out how very difficult it is to get two engines to work together and how very impressed we are that someone managed to do it without the financial backing of one of the world’s largest automotive empires.

But that’s exactly what you see in this video from YouTuber SuicideCRX, who talks to the maker of this twin-engine VR12 Golf.

Admittedly, it sounds like the car has been anything but problem-free.

“It breaks the CV joints, it breaks the axles, it breaks the motor mounts, it breaks everything,” says the guy racing the Golf. “I just keep fixing it. You know, playing whack-a-mole with it.”

Kind of sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, doesn’t it? And yet, people keep trying it, and one of the reasons for that is pulling burnouts at different axles at will. Burnouts that only involve one axle are officially old hat.

The trick is accomplished by cutting power to the throttle bodies of the wheels you don’t want spinning. Then dump the clutch and make everyone else look like an amateur.

Also impressive, though, perhaps less surprising is just how much of a rocket this thing is. On the first quarter mile shown in this video, the little green Golf looks glacial after a poor jump off the line. The car in the other lane takes off. Then, though, the power swells, the tires hook up, and it takes off, finishing the failed pass in just 10.077 seconds at 164 mph, passing the other lane’s muscle car in along the way.

When everything comes together in a second pass, the VR12 makes mincemeat of a Corvette, finishing the quarter mile in just 9.63 seconds.