Audi’s new Dakar Buggy hybrid

Audi’s new Dakar Buggy hybrid


Audi once shocked the 24-hour racing world when the German car brand entered the race with a diesel. That turned out to be no mistake because with the turbo diesel Audi managed to win Le Mans no less than three times in a row. Diesel, that is of course no longer possible in 2022. That’s why Audi now has an EV rally car in its portfolio. The Audi RS Q e-tron E2 in fact it is already the second generation of racing EV, which last year went around as a test laboratory in Dakar. Your mind, is hybrid. In addition to the electric motor, there is also an internal combustion engine ‘under the hood’.

To Dakar via Morocco?

Its predecessor already won the desert rally in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. Whether the E2 version makes it to the start of the Dakar rally will depend, among other things, on how the electric racing car performs during the Rallye du Marco, in early October.

In terms of design, the hybrid assembly bug has been almost completely overhauled, partially to comply with the new rules. Not a single body part has been taken from the previous model. The aerodynamic concept of the body between the front and rear is also completely new. The widest part is now the cockpit, with the body facing downwards. Audi has removed the fenders behind the front wheels and created a transition to the doors. This allowed the designers to save weight and reduce the total drag by about 15 percent. This does not change the top speed; this is the legal limit at 170 km/h. However, the improved air flow provides a significant advantage that reduces the power consumption of the electric vehicle.

The drivetrain has been updated

The electric power of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 has a combustion engine and a generator, as well as a high-power battery and two electric motors on the front and rear axles. Compared to the first version, power management especially needed improvement. In rough conditions, the powertrain produced a lot of power. This happened especially when not all wheels were in contact with the ground, for example during big bumps or jumps. Audi has solved those problems with the E2 by means of an improved power steering and fine tuning of the software.