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Why can’t all Volkswagen ID.4s look like this?

Tanner Foust is driving this modified ID.4 in the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road race

Published: 26 Apr 2021

Welcome to a Volkswagen ID.4 that’s been modified to compete in Baja-style desert racing. Oh hell yes.

Modified by Rhys Millen Racing for this week’s NORRA Mexican 1000 in, erm, Mexico, this ID.4 uses a stock powertrain with an 82kWh battery and a single 201bhp e-motor driving the rear-wheels. BUT it has some pretty serious suspension – VW says the ID.4 has “rally-style coil-over struts at all wheels and tubular lower control arms in the front and boxed lower rear links”.

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Meanwhile the radiator has been raised two inches to improve the approach angle (overall this ID.4 sits two inches higher than standard), there’s additional 3/8-inch steel protection for the undercarriage and power electrics and 255/70 off-road tyres on 18-inch rims.

Inside Millen added a roll cage (obviously) and removed as much weight as possible by junking, well, pretty much everything. A few extra screens on the dash gives driver Tanner Foust and co-driver Emme Hall important info like battery temperature and so-on.

This year’s NORRA 1000 is running on a 1,141 mile route, 893 miles of which is off-road. To keep the car charged VW is using a biofuel generator to power a 50kW fast-charger.

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