The AWD ID.4 is modified by Tanner Foust and Rhys Millen Racing.
It is Volkswagen’s first-ever entry in the all-woman-driven adventure competition.
This is the sixth running of the Rebelle Rally, one of the toughest off-road adventure competitions in North America. The event takes place in the deserts of Nevada and California. This will be the first time Volkswagen enters the race with their new ID.4 all-new all-electric SUV.
The lucky and skilled women who will drive the ID.4 are driver Mercedes Lilienthal and navigator Emily Winslow. Together, they will need to negotiate more than 1,400 miles of the desert using only their skills, navigation tools, and limited supplies to overcome all challenges. The long route will take them from Las Vegas to Glamis, Calif., along trails that respect the desert environment.
Their vehicle, a new Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro features an 82kWh battery paired to a permanent-magnet synchronous motor in the rear and an asynchronous motor in the front. Total system output is 295 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. The ID.4 AWD Pro has an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles on a full charge.
“The Rebelle Rally is blazing a new trail in motorsports, and presents tremendous opportunity for us to introduce our ID.4 and electric vehicles to an even greater audience,” said Kimberley Gardiner, senior vice president, marketing, Volkswagen of America. “Volkswagen helped make off-road competitions popular in the ’60s, and we’ve only just begun to explore the potential of electrification in off-roading motorsports. We’re really excited to have Mercedes and Emily leading the charge on this experience of a lifetime.”
This year’s Rebelle Rally runs from October 7th to the 16th.