During the 1980s, Audi dominated rally racing in the Group B category. The manufacturer then abandoned this motorsport to focus on 24 hours of Le Mans, where he now has 13 victories. Audi was also the first manufacturer to win this famous endurance race behind the wheel of a hybrid car. Now it’s time for the next chapter in racing at Audi: the rally Dakar. It is with the RS Q e-tron that she intends to get there.
Audi will register for the 2022 edition of the event which will begin in January. In order to be able to cross the desert without having to recharge at a terminal, the RS Q e-tron is equipped with a heat engine which will operate as a generator during the event. This is the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that powered the older Audi RS 5 that the manufacturer used for DTM events. Recall that Audi withdrew from DTM races in 2020.
This engine will charge a battery with a capacity of 50 kilowatt hours. This will then power two electric motors, one on each train, for a combined total power of 671 horsepower. This technology is the direct result of the manufacturer’s involvement in Formula E. However, the Audi showdown regulations could reduce the vehicle’s power before it enters the race.
At the wheel of this monster, which seems to be inspired by a science fiction film, we will find three famous drivers, including Stéphane Peterhansel, who has 14 victories in the Dakar rally, Carlos Sainz, two times world champion in rally and three-time Dakar rally champion, as well as Mattias Ekström, two-time DTM champion and world champion in Rallycross events.
It is also important to point out that Audi is also withdrawing from Formula E racing. The 2022 Dakar Rally event will therefore be its only involvement in motor racing.
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