Volkswagen is Taking this Atlas Cross R to the Baja 1000

Volkswagen is going back to Baja in 2020 with the new Atlas Cross R Concept.

Set to compete in Class 7, the Atlas Cross R will be piloted by a VW team led by Tanner Foust. This machine might be inspired by the classic Baja Beetles, but it packs a serious punch from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 480 horsepower.

This is the same powerplant that VW runs in its WRC race cars, though it makes over 600 hp in those small race machines.

The Atlas Cross R is noteworthy in Class 7 because it will be the first vehicle to run four-wheel drive in the class.