ENSENADA, Mexico – With many OEM-backed racing efforts largely irrelevant to the production of road-going vehicles, Volkswagen of America Inc.’s recent TDI clean-diesel entry in the Baja 1000 caps an action-packed motorsports season aimed at fortifying the performance and efficiency benefits of one of the auto maker’s core technologies. Unveiled last month at the Los Angeles auto show before being shipped down to the staging area here for the 631-mile (1,015-km) race around Mexico’s Baja ...

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