On the threshold of a new era: Audi RS Q e-tron ahead of its first Dakar Rally
- 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-tron and many other future technologies in motorsport, this marks the beginning of a new era in cross-country rallying.
“The Dakar Rally is the biggest conceivable challenge for our innovative electric drive with high-voltage battery and high-efficiency energy converter,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for motorsport at Audi.
“Never before have we brought such a complex vehicle to the start at Audi Sport in such a short time. Our first endurance test under competitive conditions is now the world’s longest and most demanding rally. We approach the Dakar Rally with great respect and are fully focused on this challenge.” On the twelve legs of the desert rally in Saudi Arabia Audi will meet 91 other competitors in the automobile class. It is one of five vehicle categories alongside motorcycles, quads, lightweight vehicles and trucks.