Heat, Dust and Tire Changes: A Lot of Work for Audi Sport at the Morocco Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="77381"] source: Audi AG All three Audi RS Q e-tron at the finish after 2,300 desert kilometers Learning effects and visible progress with second evolution Harsh conditions in soaring heat and dense dust Learning at a high level: At the Morocco Rally, the new Audi RS Q e-tron completed its competition debut from October 1 to 6. For Audi Sport and the driver pairings Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Ed...

Audi RS Q e-tron E2: Lighter, More Aerodynamic and Even More Efficient

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="75805"] source: Audi AG Second evolution of the rally winner competing for the first time in October Fundamentally new body optimizes weight and air flow Improved operating strategy and optimized control concept In March 2022, the Audi RS Q e-tron won its first desert rally in Abu Dhabi, and now the next evolution is ready. The innovative prototype presents itself significantly improved for the 2022 Morocco Rally and the 2023 Dakar...

New Audi RS Q e-tron to be Revealed September 1 for the 2023 Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="75530"] words: Bill, photos: Audi AG The past week was a whirlwind for Audi Sport fans when it was finally confirmed that Audi will join F1 in 2026 and today, Audi Sport dropped a teaser photo of the new RS Q e-tron. The reveal will be on Thursday, September 1st. Not familiar with the RS Q e-tron? It's Audi's return to the famous Dakar Rally but with modern technology  such as the alternative drive concept of the Audi RS Q e-tron that comb...

Half-Time Results at the Dakar Rally: Three Audi RS Q e-tron Prove Innovative Strength

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="67692"] source: Audi AG Oliver Hoffmann, Board Member for Technical Development: “Strong in sporting terms right from the start” Julius Seebach: “Spirit in the team makes me proud” First stage win already in Stage 3 Six podium finishes in the daily results, reliably working electric drive systems, full competitiveness on debut and fascination with e-mobility at the world’s toughest rally: Audi already puts an exclamation mark on th...

Rotiform Announces Technical Partnership with Audi Sport for the 2022 Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="67630"] source: Rotiform Wheel Pros’ brand, Rotiform, announced today a technical partnership with Audi Sport and their RS Q e-tron alternative-powered vehicle. The innovative prototype vehicle debuted at the 2022 Dakar Rally. The RS Q e-tron is an unprecedented vehicle in its class – not only as a technical concept but marking both Audi and Rotiform’s first appearance in the world renowned race. The partnership will include Rotiform race w...

On the Threshold of a New Era: Audi RS Q e-tron Ahead of its First Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="67520"] source: Audi AG With alternative drive concept at the world’s toughest rally Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz as strong driver teams Julius Seebach: “Development at record speed” Curtain up for a new chapter: The new Audi RS Q e-tron will contest its first Dakar Rally from January 1 to 14, 2022. For Audi as the inventor of quattro, TFSI, ultra, e...

Fully Charged: The High-Voltage Battery in the Audi RS Q e-tron

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="67183"] source: Audi AG Design for unknown requirements at the Dakar Rally Demanding charging process in complex off-road operation Intelligent energy management with recuperation during braking The high-voltage battery is located centrally in the drive and literally in the middle of the Audi RS Q e-tron. It embodies the heart of the innovative electric drive with energy converter. Audi intends to use it to set the next milestone in the...

Innovative For Sure: Audi Sets Safety Standards at the Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="65628"] source: Audi AG Holistic safety concept of the Audi RS Q e-tron Valuable knowledge from circuit racing flows into Dakar project High standards of passenger protection are a tradition at Audi Sport Long before Audi unveiled the RS Q e-tron to the public in summer 2021, the racing engineering team was already intensively involved in the Dakar Rally. The risks in off-road racing were at the center of the considerations fo...

Stéphane Peterhansel: “Enormous Driving Pleasure”

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="65386"] source: Audi AG 14-time Dakar winner is thrilled with the powertrain of the Audi RS Q e-tron Good collaboration with teammates and co-driver Edouard Boulanger Unbroken motivation continues into fourth decade of his career With 14 victories under his belt, Stéphane Peterhansel, who made his debut in the Dakar Rally in 1988, is the sole record holder of the famous desert rally. Before his 34th start at the iconic off-road event a...

100 Days to Go Until the Dakar Rally: A Race Against Time for Audi Sport

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="64272"] source: Audi AG Assembly of the rally cars has begun Audi RS Q e-tron with complex powertrain concept Four kilometers of cables, two central control units and six cooling systems In 100 days from now, the 44th edition of the famous Dakar Rally will kick off. For Audi Sport, this marks the beginning of a real race against time. Audi is tackling one of the greatest challenges in international motorsport, quite deliberately usin...

Heat and Sandstorms: Morocco Test for the Audi RS Q e-tron

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="64127"] source: Audi AG Extreme conditions during two-week test in the desert First test in the dunes for the electric drivetrain Andreas Roos: “We still have a lot to do before the Dakar Rally” On the way to its debut in the famous Dakar Rally in January 2022, Audi Sport has tested the Audi RS Q e-tron for almost two weeks in Morocco under the most extreme conditions. After testing in Germany and Spain, the team headed f...

Audi RS Q e-tron Being Put Through Its Paces Under the Spanish Sun

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="62944"] source: Audi AG Prototype for Dakar Rally completes eight-day test All three Audi Sport driver teams deployed Up to 180 km/h at a maximum of 34 degrees centigrade in the shade On the way to its debut at the Dakar Rally in January 2022, the team of Audi Sport has taken another important step: The new Audi RS Q e-tron completed an eight-day endurance test in sweltering heat in Spain on gravel sections of the kind typically us...

Audi RS Q e-tron: Test Laboratory for Possible Future Technologies at the Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="62571"] source: Audi AG Futuristic prototype with innovative drive concept High-voltage battery is charged while driving Testing has already started Clear the stage for an electrifying high-tech test laboratory: just under a year after the initial concept idea, Audi Sport has started testing the new Audi RS Q e-tron, with which Audi will take on one of the greatest challenges there is in international racing in January 2022: the Dakar Rally...

Digital World Premiere: Presentation of the Audi RS Q e-tron for the Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="62526"] source: Audi AG Presentation on the Audi MediaCenter from 1 PM CEST onwards on Friday Just under a year after the initial concept idea, Audi Sport has started testing the Audi RS Q e-tron with which the company will be competing in the Dakar Rally for the first time in January 2022. Unique: Audi wants to be the first car manufacturer to use an electrified drivetrain in combination with an efficient en...

Audi Motorsport Changes Afoot: Formula E Exit Confirmed after Season 7, 2022 Dakar Confirmed, 2023 Le Mans Return Likely

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="55829"] To say the pace of change has picked for Audi in motorsport would be an understatement. Less than a week ago (Nov 26), Audi pulled the wraps off of next season’s FE07 Formula E racer complete with Audi-developed MGU05 powertrain. Today, they’ve revealed plans for an electric assault on the 2022 Dakar Rally plus Audi Sport GmbH boss Julius Seebach taking the helm for motorsport efforts, and he’s already signaling a return to the top ...