Marcus Philipp Sauer and his team are proud to be the first to have the incredible AUDI PARIS DAKAR MACHINE in front of their lens. With its ingenious design highlight by the name of Audi RS Q E-Tron, Audi is rising to one of the greatest challenges in motorsport : The brand with the four rings will be competing in the famous Dakar Rally for the first time with an innovative prototype in 2022. The alternative drive concept combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter. Cross-country rallying will be the spearhead of the factory motorsport commitment in the future.
“A multifaceted commitment to motorsport is and will remain an integral part of Audi’s strategy,” says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG. “We want to continue demonstrating the brand’s slogan ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’, or progress through technology, in international top-level motorsport in the future and develop innovative technologies for our road cars. The toughest rally in the world is the perfect stage for this.”
The prototype of the Audi RS Q e-tron had its first roll-out in Neuburg at the beginning of July. An intensive test program and the first test entries at cross-country rallies are on the agenda from now until the end of the year. Several initial test runs at cross-country rallies are also planned before the start of the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia on 2 January. The cross-country race will take the drivers over more than 8,000 kilometers in just under two weeks.
The Dakar Rally is a rally raid competition and considered one of the most significant long-distance desert rallies in the world. It was held once a year on the African continent from 1978 to 2007. Since 2020, the rally has taken place in Saudi Arabia. GoSee : dakar.com & marcussauer.com