Lordstown Endurance EV Pickup's Baja Debut Is Serious Business

Mike Pryson
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Photo credit: Lordstown Motors
Photo credit: Lordstown Motors

From Autoweek

  • Lordstown Motors is taking its Endurance EV pickup to one of the most brutal proving grounds imaginable for a truck.

  • The event is part of the SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts International) series that also includes the famed Baja 1000.

  • The 250-mile test (which is actually a single-loop race closer to 290 miles), by the company's own design specs, will test the upper range of the Lordstown Endurace's 250-plus mile EV range.

Lordstown Motors is taking its Endurance EV pickup to one of the most brutal proving grounds imaginable for a truck.

The Ohio-based electric pickup truck manufacturer has entered its Endurance EV in the SCORE San Felipe 250 off-road race. The event will take place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on April 17.

The event is part of the SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts International) series, also including the famed Baja 1000, the Baja 500 and Desert Challenge. The Endurance will race in the production-vehicles eClass.

Lordstown officials stress that this trek to the Baja Peninsula is not just a publicity stunt.

"Our goal is to be the first electric vehicle to finish the race, but we also want to be competitive," Lordstown Motors spokesman Ryan Hallett told Autoweek. "We are going to go hard, so don’t be surprised if you see an airborne Endurance. We are still prepping the race vehicle, but if we don’t have to stop to charge, we expect to be very competitive with the gasoline competitors."

Photo credit: Lordstown Motors
Photo credit: Lordstown Motors

The 250-mile test (which is actually a single-loop race closer to 290 miles), by the company's own design specs, will test the upper range of its 250-plus mile EV range. The truck is said to top out at 600 hp and boasts an 80-mph top speed.

What the company hopes will make a difference in competition is its all-wheel drive derived from four in-wheel hub motors.

Photo credit: Autoweek
Photo credit: Autoweek

"We feel that our true all-wheel drive system—its capabilities and the responsiveness of our hub motors—could provide a dramatic shift in off road offerings," Hallett said. "And while, yes, we’re doing it to test durability, we’re also very excited to show what the Endurance is capable off the beaten path."

A driver has yet to be named, though it is expected to be someone within the company with experience with the Endurance's unique drive train.

Officials at Lordstown Motors, while not committing to further motorsports efforts at this time, is excited to show off the EV’s off-road capabilities.

“We feel that it is quite a significant milestone for the electric vehicle community that an electric pickup truck can compete in an environment as demanding as Baja California,” said Steve Burns, CEO of Lordstown Motors. “Our goal is to be the first electric vehicle to ever complete the San Felipe 250, and with the superior traction, weight balance and advanced software control of our hub motor-based Endurance, we are confident that we will do just that.”