Tanner Foust has converted a VW ID.4 into an off-road vehicle

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However, the drive train remains unchanged

Tanner Foust has converted a VW ID.4 into an off-road vehicle-foust

This Sunday the Mexican 1000 race of the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) starts on the Mexican Baja peninsula. Volkswagen is there, but without gasoline in the luggage. The automaker sends a modified VW ID.4 into the race, which retains the stock drivetrain but comes with a number of upgrades to help it master the terrain.

Rhys Millen Racing, along with professional racing driver Tanner Foust and Tanner Foust Racing, modified the ID.4 with a variety of upgrades for the grueling challenge. The VW features rally-style struts, tubular lower wishbones and box-shaped rear lower links.

The team improved the cooling system and added 3/8 inch steel skid plates to protect the chassis. The standard 19-inch wheels have been replaced by 18-inch units that have more sidewall area for traction. In addition, the Offroad-ID.4 is around five centimeters higher than the production version.

Picture gallery: VW ID.4 Offroad from Rhys Millen Racing

Tanner Foust has converted a VW ID.4 into an off-road vehicle-foust

The ID.4 retains its stock powertrain, including the 77 kWh battery. The team is hoping to complete 98 percent of the stages of the race without recharging, and it will reintroduce juice to the race car using a 50kWh portable quick charger that uses biofuels. The engine delivers its standard 204 hp (150 kilowatts) as the company has not made any changes. Incidentally, VW will soon be bringing an ID.4 GTX itself with around 300 hp.

Foust took several test drives with the car and found that the SUV works best when operated in normal driving mode with traction control and battery recovery enabled.

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VW is no stranger to the NORRA Mexican 1000. The company took part in the first race in 1967 and won it with a Beetle-based Meyers Manx. This year's race started on Sunday April 25th and will last until April 29th, when participants will race over 1,141 miles (approximately 1,800 kilometers) for victory.

Foust will drive the ID.4 together with the author and off-road racing driver Emme Hall. VW modified the interior by removing features like the HVAC system while adding a roll cage, racing seats and new screens showing vital vehicle information. On the other hand, the retained bright steering wheel seems a bit bizarre, which changes color quickly in the desert dust.

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