Volkswagen has announced its inaugural entry into the women-driven and navigated off-road competition Rebelle Rally with driver Mercedes Lilienthal and navigator Emily Winslow in an ID.4 AWD Pro electric SUV.
Rebelle Rally, an 8-day off-road navigation rally covering 1,400 miles throughout the Nevada and California desert, is one of the first all-women rallies of its kind in the United States. It was founded just six years ago.
“The Rebelle Rally is blazing a new trail in motorsports, and presents a tremendous opportunity for us to introduce our ID.4 and electric vehicles to an even greater audience,” Kimberley Gardiner, senior vice president of marketing at Volkswagen of America, says in the automaker’s announcement. “Volkswagen helped make off-road competitions popular in the ‘60s, and we’ve only just begun to explore the potential of electrification in off-roading motorsports.”
Competing in the crossover category, the ID.4 AWD Pro is being modified by Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing with new suspension components, tubular control arms, fabricated skid plates, battery protection and more to get it ready for the expedition.
The ID.4 will ride on a set of Yokohama Geolander A/T tires and be equipped with Thule rack accessories.
“The AWD ID.4’s 82kWh (gross) battery along with the permanent-magnet synchronous motor in the rear and asynchronous motor in the front will remain as is, offering a combined maximum 295 horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque,” Volkswagen of America notes. “The ID.4 AWD Pro has an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles on a full charge.”
Its vehicle wrap, created by Salt Lake City artist Liz Kuz, reflects the terrain seen through the Nevada and California deserts depicted with bright, eye-catching colors.
The rally takes place October 7-16 and can be watched live on the rally’s website.