At the end of last year, the Volkswagen brand canceled all sports programs, including the completion of a large project to evolve the ID.R electric racing prototype. However, we again see the words “Volkswagen”, “electric cars” and “motorsport” together. Thanks to the American driver Tanner Faust and the Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing teams. Together they prepared the Volkswagen ID.4 (World Car of the Year) electric crossover for the rally and sent it to the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) Mexican 1000 race. It started last weekend (1141 miles, 1836 km).
The rally version is based on the 1st Edition RWD modification, in which the chassis and interior have been modified.
The car received a suspension lift of 51 mm (with modified levers and racing shock absorbers), OZ Racing wheels with Yokohama Geolandar A / T tires, additional protective plates on the bottom. The radiator is raised even higher to protect it from stones and increase the angle of entry.
Note that Rhys Millen himself (also a famous racer) has been friends with Volkswagen for a long time. And brand ambassador Tanner Faust has played for Volkswagen more than once. This time, Tanner got behind the wheel of the ID.4 to test the vehicle’s capabilities in challenging desert conditions. Faust’s partner in the race is the racer Emma Hall.
A roll cage in the simplified cabin and racing seats complete the picture. To charge the car in the middle of the race, the team prepared a portable 50-kilowatt charging station powered by biofuel.
Interestingly, the modifications in the SUV affected only the chassis and interior. The power plant remained standard: a rear electric motor with 204 horsepower and 310 Nm, powered by a battery with a full capacity of 82 kWh, as in the Pro Performance modification. We believe that Faust uses the experience gained in such a race for another undertaking. He has previously shown interest in the SuperCharge electric crossover monocup.