The German manufacturer has begun the next phase of testing the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 – the next generation high-performance roadster, which in January 2023 will begin to conquer one of the toughest rallies in the world – the Dakar.
All three Audi employees: Mattias Eksström / Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz will learn the secrets of this new rally car in the harsh conditions of the desert.
The test routes that the Audi RS Q e-tron is running on this year are very volatile and very taxing for technical solutions. Temperatures in Morocco are hot, reaching around 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Both the vehicle and the crew work within their limits.
Fortunately, the first impressions have already appeared. All Audi Sport drivers and pilots are surprised by the model’s low weight and unfolding. The driving position is also now better than before. There is also a clear improvement in aerodynamics.
The current generation of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 also improves the handling of complex systems, which allows tests to react quickly. In some cases, the car responds to warnings without manual intervention. The ergonomics in the cockpit are also better, and the various controls have been logically re-arranged.
The Audi RS Q e-tron E2 covered a total of 4,218 kilometers in Morocco. With previous tests in Europe, this already gives a range of 6,424 km. However, the team does not have time to rest: In less than two weeks, the second generation of the assembly model will have its baptism of fire.
From 1 to 6 October, all three Audi Sport employees: Mattias Ekstrom / Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel / Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz / Lucas Cruz, will participate in the Morocco Rally in the southwest of the country. Due to the different terrain, this rally is considered the best preparation for the Dakar Rally.