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This achievement demonstrates the Volkswagen EV powertrain's ability to operate in incredibly demanding conditions.

10 May 2021 | International News : U.S.A



A specially prepared Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, the Volkswagen group's latest all-electric offering, has completed the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) Mexican 1000 race on 29 April 2021 in the Baja peninsula of Mexico. Its unprecedented achievement demonstrates the Volkswagen EV powertrain’s ability to operate in incredibly demanding conditions.

Driven by professional racer and Volkswagen brand ambassador Tanner Foust, the modified rear-wheel drive ID.4 ran on its stock powertrain and 198bhp electric motor, with a modified off-road suspension and racing interior. The ID.4 was one of 64 vehicles that finished the entirety of the NORRA 1000, out of 90 cars and trucks entered.

Stages measured between 50km to 270km, wherein the ID.4 was able to recharge mostly using a portable biofuel-powered generator. In instances where the ID.4 was scheduled to be transited to the next stage but the charger was not available, the team flat-towed it behind a chase vehicle for a short distance, using regenerative braking to add range.

Despite the brutal nature of the Baja wilderness, the only damage suffered by the ID.4 was minor cosmetic injury to the rear bumper. All of the vehicle's key power, battery and control systems performed as expected.

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