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Audi RS Q e-Tron E2: The F1 of the desert

For Audi the key is to compete. In Neuburg (Munich), the headquarters of Audi Sport, Audi's new Dakar machine was unveiled, an improved and refine


For the key is to compete. In Neuburg (Munich), the headquarters of Audi Sport, Audi’s new Dakar machine was unveiled, an improved and refined version of the Audi RS Q e-Tron: The Audi RS Q e-.

In a kind of bivouac next to the German brand’s test track, everyone was surprised by the arrival of the new generation of this vehicle, with Stéphane Petrhansel at the controls. At first glance, the change is very noticeable. It is a much more stylized car, with a huge face change at the aerodynamic level, more compact in width and with less front and rear surface. “It’s the F1 of the desert,” said Ekström.

Audi RS Q e-Tron E2: The F1 of the desert

The basis remains the same: The Audi’s powertrain is powered by two electric motors from its time in Formula E, one per axle, a petrol engine from Audi’s DTM past that is part of a energy responsible for recharging the high-voltage battery while driving, and a battery system that last year was what weighed down the most in terms of weight to this prototype.

Audi RS Q e-Tron E2: The F1 of the desert

The top speed of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 was limited to 170 km/h under the Dakar rules. However, the difference from the previous model is that the improved airflow helped reduce electrical power requirements.

It incorporates state-of-the-art technology with software that serves as an electronic differential and that, among its functions, also regulates the acceleration and braking force of the car each time the driver activates the pedals depending on each circumstance.

Audi RS Q e-Tron E2: The F1 of the desert

The Audi body features improved aerodynamics: not only is it lighter, but it lowers the center of gravity to improve handling. The redesign of the sides, the hood and the rear was accompanied by a greater width of the passenger compartment. It also has an interior in which work was done to improve the operability of the occupants.

“Everything has been perfected and we have gone to detail,” said Carlos Sainz, proud to see the enormous work of the entire team.

Audi RS Q e-Tron E2: The F1 of the desert

Audi has managed to improve the spare wheel storage and removal system, with one safety ring instead of four, so that drivers can change wheels in the event of a puncture, losing less time.

Although months after the Dakar 2022 the prototype won its first race (Abu Dhabi Rally), the truth is that the RS Q e-tron E2, which will officially debut at the Morocco Rally (October 1 to 6).