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...

High-Tech Control Center in the Desert: the Cockpit of the Audi RS Q e-tron for the Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="66703"] source: Audi AG Distribution of competencies: driver and co-driver share the operation Everything in view: from vehicle functions to navigation Challenge in off-road sports: orientation as a competitive factor A look inside the Audi RS Q e-tron should remind any car fan of an airplane cockpit: screens and displays are spread across the entire width of the instrument panel. Only with their help can the driver and co-driver c...

To the Limit and Beyond: Audi Tests Again for the Dakar Rally in Morocco

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="66086"] source: Audi AG Second test of the Audi RS Q e-tron in North Africa All driver teams take turns in the cockpit of the test car Experience gained from more than 2,500 kilometers in the toughest terrain Audi Sport took another step towards the Dakar Rally in the second week of November. At the second test in Morocco, Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz took turn...

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...

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...

Mattias Ekström – Road to Dakar

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="61647"] source: Audi Australia In January 2022, Audi will write a completely new chapter in the brand’s illustrious motorsport history, when it seeks to become the first manufacturer to win the gruelling Dakar Rally with electric drive – champion driver, Mattias Ekström will be tasked with driving one of the three Audi race vehicles. At 42 years of age, Mattias Ekström is the junior in Audi Sport’s champion line-up of driver’s...

Audi with “Dream Team” at the Dakar Rally

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="61239"] source: Audi AG Driver teams confirmed for Audi Sport’s Dakar project Dakar record winner, World Rally champion and DTM champion start for Audi Audi to herald energy revolution in cross-country rallying Audi is the first car manufacturer to fight for overall victory in the famous Dakar Rally with an electrified powertrain, thus also heralding an energy revolution in cross-country rallying. Audi Sport has succeeded in recruiting thr...

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 ...