Volkswagen this 12 months will tackle the Rebelle Rally for the primary time, utilizing its ID.4 within the occasion’s crossover class.
Doing the driving shall be Mercedes Lilienthal along with navigator Emily Winslow, and so they gained’t precisely have a inventory model of the electrical crossover.
VW tapped two skilled rally automobile builders, Rhys Millen Racing and Tanner Foust Racing, to construct a bespoke ID.4 for the gruelling rally which this 12 months will cowl near 1,600 miles of California and Nevada deserts. Rhys Millen Racing beforehand constructed an ID.4 for the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally, which Tanner Foust Racing founder Tanner Foust drove, so each outfits have expertise working with the electrical crossover.
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 constructed for 2021 Rebelle Rally
Key modifications embrace upgraded suspension, OZ Racing wheels, Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires, and skid plates and extra safety for the battery. The automobile additionally contains a wrap with the art work of Liz Kuz, who created a motif utilizing the rally’s location as inspiration.
The female-only rally runs October 7-16. Lilienthal and Winslow have beforehand competed, with Winslow managing a podium end in 2018.
You is perhaps questioning how the ID.4, whose EPA-rated vary is 250 miles, can handle a long-distance occasion just like the Rebelle Rally. VW hasn’t supplied particulars however within the case of the NORRA Mexican 1000, not one of the phases exceeded 200 miles, and groups operating electrical automobiles additionally had entry to a possible generator within the instances the place a cost was mandatory.