Lordstown Motors is working to prove that its Endurance Beta electric truck is set for the wilderness through a familiar strategy as it’s entering a prominent race. According to Autoblog reports, Lordstown has unveiled a race-ready version of its Endurance Beta truck that will compete in the SCORE World Desert Championship’s San Felipe 250 on April 17th.
The stepped-up EV is set for the Mexican race with larger off-road wheels (complete with wider fender flares), four high-power driving lights, and the removal of ‘frills’ like mirrors, windows, and much of the cabin’s luxuries.
The company’s chief Steve Burns said the race will prove that the Endurance is the “toughest, most robust” truck on the planet even as it cuts emissions.
If all expectations work out well, the Lordstown racer could possibly provide further evidence that electric trucks are ready for extreme conditions. If they can handle the bumps and bruises of off-roading, you might be more likely to buy an Endurance for your own off-the-beaten-path excursions.
The competition could underscore the present limitations of EVs. The race will cover a 290-mile course, but the street-going Endurance has a range of just 250 miles. Even with weight reductions, there’s a possibility the racing variant will have to recharge mid-race while its competitors pass it by.
With that, Lordstown Motors is not likely to win until it improves its vehicles’ range, this is more a proof of capability than a realistic bid for motorsport glory.