ID.4 will be charged by biofuel, running in NORRA Mexican 1,000
Modified suspension and interior, stock motor and battery
To show off the capability of the ID.4 EV, Volkswagen is planning to take it off-road. With Tanner Foust and Rhys Millen Racing modifying the car to run at the National Off-Road Racing Association’s Mexican 1000 this weekend on the Baja peninsula.
It will be a rear-drive Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition that has been extensively modified to run the off-road endurance event. Powering it, though, will be the stock driveline and 82 kWh battery pack.
To charge the ID.4 at Baja, the VW team will bring a biofuel generator to power a 50 kW fast-charger. With the event held as a large loop event because of travel restrictions, VW hopes to be able com complete 98 percent of the stages in the loop without an in-race recharge.
The power systems have been given more protection for off-road racing while the interior has had niceties like the HVAC system stripped out. In the place of the cool air is a roll cage, racing seats, and instruments to show data like battery temperature.
Rally-style coil-over suspension with tubular control arms up front and boxed links in the rear handle the bumps while the radiator was raised to improve cooling capacity and protect it from off-road damage. More skid plates were fitted, the body was lifted two-inches, and 18-inch wheels with beefer 70-series sidewall tires were fitted.
“It takes great confidence and preparation to present a stock-based vehicle to the starting line of a race like this, especially an electric one like the ID.4,” said Rhys Millen. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well the ID.4 has taken to the terrain.”
Foust, who will be joined by off-road racer Emme Hall, said that leaving the off-road ID in regular drive mode with traction control on produced the best performance, helping it move through the rough terrain.
“We worked closely with Volkswagen engineers to find the right driving style for various types of terrain that could hit the balance of speed and battery consumption,” Foust said. “It’s early days for competing with electric vehicles, but we already have several ideas of what we’d like to do next year.”