480-HP Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R Off-Road Truck Will Race at 2020 Baja 1000

“I know what this combination of engine and drivetrain is capable of. I’m really excited to see this bit of Beetle DNA live on in the Atlas Cross Sport R and am itching to get behind the wheel,” said Foust, who drove a Volkswagen Beetle to victory in the final season of the Americas Rallycross Championship this year.Continuing to race a fossil-fueled truck is a tad antithetical for an automaker that swore to be among the first to go exclusively electric for environmental reasons, and has invested so much in its record-trampling ID.R electric prototype.

The irony isn’t lost on Volkswagen, which will compensate for its Baja program’s carbon impact with contributions to The Conservation Fund, which will see one tree planted per Baja mile raced—1,000 trees in total. It may be a drop in the bucket of corporate climate action that needed to be full years ago, but it’s better than nothing.

Source: The Drive