It turns out that the Volkswagen ID.4 is a lot tougher than the average crossover. It didn’t win any Baja races, but it did finish one without any repairs. That’s something most vehicles couldn’t do.

Individual stages ranged from as little as 33 miles to 167 miles. Between stages, they charged the ID.4 with a 50 kW charging station, powered by a biofuel generator. Out of 90 vehicles that entered the race, only 64 vehicles finished the brutal race. The ID.4 was raced mostly in “B” level battery regeneration mode with stock traction control turned on.

Race testing is an important part of new design validation as it helps tweak components to endure conditions that most normal users will never encounter.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2021/05/25/vw-id-4-survives-1000-mile-off-road-race/

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