Dakar hunter; Audi RS Q e-tron begins testing

Audihas started the tests of the RS Q e-tron, which it will compete in the Dakar Rally, which is planned to be held in January 2022.

Less than a year after the first concept idea, the new Audi RS Q e-tron, one of the most important projects in the brand’s history, started to be tested by Audi Sport. Audi aims to be the first automaker to use an efficient energy converter and electric drivetrain against its traditional-powered rivals in the world’s toughest rally.

The game-changer who previously used the Quattro in the World Rally Championship brandLikewise, it was the first brand to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an electric car. Prepared for the Dakar Rally, which will continue for two weeks and where an average of 800 km of stages are passed per day, the Audi Sport team is creating new ways to cover this distance.

Since there was no possibility of charging in the desert at the Dakar Rally, Audi chose an innovative charging concept: It fitted the RS Q e-tron with the highly efficient TFSI engine that it had previously used in the DTM. The vehicle is equipped with an energy converter that charges the high-voltage battery while driving.

Thus, the internal combustion engine can achieve a consumption value of well below 200 grams per kWh, especially when operated in the efficient range, ie between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm.


All-electric Audi RS Q e-tron

In the Audi RS Q e-tron, the powertrain of which is electric, both the front and rear axles are equipped with an engine-generator unit (MGU) developed by Audi Sport for the company’s e-tron FE07 Formula E competing in the 2021 season. The brand intends to use this MGU in the Dakar Rally with minor modifications.

The third MGU of the same design, which is part of the energy converter, charges the battery while driving, which weighs about 370 kilograms and has a capacity of about 50 kWh. In addition, energy is recovered during braking.

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