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...

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...

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...

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...