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...

Kristoffersson Wins World RX Title After Thrilling Finale in Germany

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="66550"] source: Red Bull Swede becomes a four-time champion after edging out Timmy Hansen Johann Kristofferson was crowned the FIA World Rallycross champion in dramatic fashion following a thrilling doubleheader at the legendary Nürburgring in Germany. Here is all you need to know: - On Saturday, Kristoffersson had kept up the defence of his title with a well-deserved victory, the third of his 2021 campaign. - The Swedish driver had ente...

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...

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 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 ...

quattro Magazine Q3_2020: Paris-Dakar 1985: Driver’s View – An interview with Audi Sport France driver José Lourseau

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="51225"] words: George Achorn, photos: José Lourseau of dakardantan.com Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q3_2020 issue of quattro Magazine and is Part 2. You may find Part 1 HERE. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here. quattro Magazine: How did you become part of the Audi France Dakar team? José Lourseau: I had the chance to participate in the 1980 race in a Range Rover. I finished 31s...

quattro Magazine Q2_2020 Feature: Dune Dancers

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47777"] words: Ola Lereim of ableitet.no, Photo: Getty Images, José Lourseau of dakardantan.com Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in the Q2_2020 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here. Amongst endurance rallies, the original iteration of the Paris-Dakar Rally holds maybe the most enduring, where the contestants started off the new year in Paris, travelled across t...

#quarantinequattro: Audi of America Releases Paper Cutout Sport quattro S1, R8, and e-tron Models

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="47052"] words: Bill, photos: Audi of America Our 2nd installment of #quarantinequattro comes from Audi of America. This very Audi Holiday (quattro de Mayo) celebrates 40 years of quattro. First up (and in our hearts) is the Audi Sport quattro S1. This car dominated rally racing so much, it changed it. quattro was declared an 'unfair advantage' when it was introduced into touring car racing. You can download it HERE. [gallery link="none" colum...

Find of the Day: Audi RS 3 4×4 Tarmac Stage Rally Car

words: Bill Cho, photos: Motorsport Auctions For most of our Find of the Day segments, we highlight vehicles that we don't get in the States or are an interesting specimen. I think this counts as both. When I 1st saw this RS 3, I thought it was just a replica with big a## lights and a wing on the back but then I saw pics of the interior. Is this a real tarmac stage rally car?  I mean, I wouldn't know a real one if it was parked in my garage but it looks real. There are no ...

Find of the (future) Day: 2019 Hot Wheels Audi Sport quattro (1:64 Scale)

[photo: Hot Wheels Dream Team Instagram]  Instagram is great; it's one of my favorite social media platforms (here is where I put a commercial that we also have an Instagram account, AudiClubNA). Not only can you see the latest things your friends visited, ate, drove, you can find gems like this. Scrolling through last night, this diecast caught my eye (obviously). Hot Wheels Dream Team previewed this Sport quattro. From reading the replies, it looks to be released sometime in 2019 ...