Volkswagen introduced the beefed-up ID.Four electrical crossover it entered within the NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja rally completed the occasion. Pushed by skilled pilot Tanner Foust, it was the one EV that participated within the race.
“This was all the things we had hoped for,” Foust mentioned in a launch. In response to Volkswagen, the modified ID.Four sustained solely minor injury to its rear bumper over the course of the 1,141-mile desert race. All of its fundamental programs (together with the unmodified 201-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive electrical powertrain) labored as anticipated.
Baja racing takes an enormous toll on drivers and vehicles, so finishing the NORRA Mexican 1000 with out a main breakdown is spectacular, however the ID.4’s efficiency wasn’t stellar. Its total stage time of 37:38:30 (together with a 1:03:00 penalty) pegs it in 61st place. A lot of the vehicles forward of it are devoted off-roaders, like a Jeep Wrangler, an AM Basic M998, and a Toyota 4Runner, however a Meyers Manx and a lifted air-cooled Beetle beat it, too.
On the intense facet, it does not sound like the electrical powertrain slowed the ID.Four down. Volkswagen notes it principally recharged the crossover utilizing a biofuel-powered generator linked to a 50-kilowatt flat charger. Nevertheless, the charger wasn’t all the time accessible, and it sometimes flat-towed the ID.Four to the subsequent stage to protect driving vary.
Ford fared a lot better in Baja. The unmodified four-door 2021 Bronco Badlands it entered within the race completed third in its class and 37th general, with a complete stage time of 22:17:07. It was pushed by a pair of engineers. First in school went to a Ranger (19:46:34), whereas the Glickenhaus Boot earned the second spot on the class’s podium with a complete stage time of 22:02:14. Rhys Millen completed first general in a purpose-built buggy with a time of 15:14:53.