Tanner Foust will race a rear-wheel drive Volkswagen ID.4 EV in the grueling NORRA Mexican 1000.
Prepared by Rhys Millen Racing, the Volkswagen ID.4 racer will use its stock powertrain and 82 kWh battery pack. Among the major modifications, the EV will get a race-ready off-road suspension, racing wheels and tires along with a full racing cage.
The reworked suspension now has rally-style coil-over struts at all wheels and tubular lower control arms in the front and boxed lower rear links. Underneath, skid plates of 3/8-inch steel were added to the undercarriage. To improve approach angles and cooling capacity, the radiator was raised several inches. Altogether, the body was lifted about two inches over the regular ID.4.
An interesting note: the vehicle’s powertrain will remain entirely stock. Foust will use the 201-horsepower electric motor in its regular drive mode. He will engage the “B” regeneration mode, but that’s it. This year’s race will cover 1,141 miles total, 893 miles of which will be off-pavement. The Volkswagen team will use a portable biofuel generator powering a 50-kW portable fast charger. The team wants to complete about 98 percent of the stages in the loop without the need for recharging.
Foust & the ID.4 EV will be joined in the race by writer and off-road racer Emme Hall
Emme Hall, who’s worked with TFL Studios many times in the past, will be participating as well. She did extremely well piloting the very first race for the Rivian R1T in the 2021 Rebelle Rally. We’re proud of our friend and wish her luck! She has a ton of racing experience, especially with air-cooled buggies. The ID.4 is a little bit more advanced than that, but it’s still a Volkswagen. It does share a bit of history with the NORRA Mexican 1000. The first race was staged in 1967, and was won by a Volkswagen-powered Meyers Manx dune buggy.
The 2021 NORRA Mexican 1000 takes place on April 25-29 in the Mexican Baja peninsula.