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To the limit and beyond: Audi tests again for the Dakar Rally in Morocco

16/11/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – 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 turns in the cockpit of the Audi RS Q e-tron.

High-speed tracks, gravel roads, dune mountains, dried-out river beds: Audi’s innovative prototype for the Dakar Rally was spared nothing during its second test in Morocco. Within an extremely tight project timeframe of little more than twelve months, the team has developed the RS Q e-tron to such an extent that it can now handle daily off-road distances in testing equalling the length of a Dakar stage. …… more click here

100 days to go until the Dakar Rally

23/09/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – 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 using a unique concept. The Audi RS Q e-tron has an electric powertrain with two motor-generator units (MGUs) from Formula E. While the vehicle is in motion, the high-voltage battery is charged by an energy converter consisting of the efficient TFSI engine from the DTM and another MGU …… more click here

Audi RS Q e-tron

Heat and sandstorms: Morocco test for the Audi RS Q e-tron

18/09/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – 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 for the desert and the dunes for the first time in the heat of Morocco. Once again, all three driver crews were involved. Dakar record winner Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekström took turns at the wheel of the highly complex prototype …… more click here

Audi RS Q e-tron: Test laboratory for possible future technologies at the Dakar Rally

23/07/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – 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.

Unique: Audi wants to be the first car manufacturer to use an electrified drivetrain in combination with an efficient energy converter to compete for overall victory against conventionally-powered competitors in the world’s toughest rally …… more click here

Audi with “Dream Team” at the Dakar Rally

31/05/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – Audi is the first car manufacturer to fight for the overall victory in the famous Rally Dakar with an electrified powertrain, thus also heralding an energy revolution in cross-country rallying. Audi Sport has succeeded in recruiting three illustrious driver teams for the ambitious project.

Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist (Sweden), Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger (France) and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (Spain) will compete for Audi in the world’s toughest rally from January 2nd to 14th, 2022. “It’s no exaggeration to speak of a ‘dream team’,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for motorsport. “ …… more click here

Édouard Boulanger, Stéphane Peterhansel, Lucas Cruz, Emil Bergkvist, Carlos Sainz, Mattias Ekström

Dakar 2022: Focus on sand and dunes

12/05/21 Trebur – Saudi Arabia is once again the host country for the coming Dakar. In recent years, the route has taken the Dakar across the entire country – in 2022, the focus is on the so-called Empty Quarter. The region in the south of the country consists solely of sand and dunes, and is set to push the navigators to their limits.

The 2022 Dakar starts on 1st January with a prologue in Ha’il. The drivers then embark on the opening stage the following day. From Ha’il, the competitors drive to the Empty Quarter, before heading to the Saudi capital Riyadh for the rest day on 8th January. They then return to the south and on to the city of Jeddah, where the crews will roll across the finish ramp on 14th January. More destinations on the Dakar route will be announced over the coming months …… more click here

Dakar 2022 – The Route

Road to Dakar: Audi electrifies the desert

02/04/21 Neuburg a. d. Donau – Audi has made important steps on the way to its debut in the famous Dakar Rally in January 2022. The concept of the innovative prototype for the world’s toughest cross-country rally has almost been concluded.

The first tests are planned for the middle of the year. Project management for the company’s factory motorsport commitments has been taken over by Andreas Roos, who was most recently responsible for the successful DTM program at Audi Sport. “With the Dakar project, we at Audi remain true to our philosophy of using new technologies in motorsport for the first time that are groundbreaking for future road cars,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH …… more click here

Andreas Roos, Sven Quandt, Julius Seebach

Q Motorsport becomes Audi factory team

11/12/20 Neuburg a. d. Donau – Audi will compete in the Dakar Rally for the first time with an innovative prototype in 2022. The race in the world’s toughest cross-country rally will be carried out in cooperation with the newly-founded Q Motorsport GmbH based in Trebur (Germany).

“By cooperating with Q Motorsport, we are sticking to our philosophy that has proven itself at Audi over many years,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and responsible for motorsport at Audi. “The development of the Dakar prototype with its innovative drivetrain concept is being carried out in-house. We are contesting the race together with an experienced partner. The Q Motorsport team contributes an enormous amount of specific experience from cross-country motorsport.” …… more click here

Dakar Prototype

Q Motorsport GmbH

The world is changing and the Cross Country Motorsport must also prove that it can be sustainable and continue to point the way forward. This is exactly what Q Motorsport wants to demonstrate and to break new ground in cross-country motorsport.