Audi introduced last year that it is leaving System E to swap target to a Le Mans return and a new project that means creating an electric Dakar rally car. Friday, it unveiled the RS Q E-Tron, which is its contender to take on the dunes future January in the world’s hardest off-road obstacle.
A few of Audi’s Formulation E motor-generator units operate the vehicle one particular in every single of the front and rear axles for the maneuverability a Dakar car desires and then a 3rd that’s been fitted to charge the vehicle. One of the most significant troubles in taking an EV to the Dakar Rally is that there usually are not a lot of charging stations in the middle of the desert. Audi has worked out a option of placing a DTM engine in the car or truck, whilst it doesn’t supply something to the powertrain—it costs the battery although the vehicle runs. The automaker claims an efficiency of “properly underneath 200 grams [of fuel] for each kWh.”
Former Le Mans driver and Audi System E staff principal Allan McNish informed The Travel at the London ePrix that the Dakar undertaking was remarkable, as Audi’s new ambition. “It’s everything—it’s a logistical challenge, it really is a technological challenge, it’s a mental problem, it can be emotional exhaustion. It is certainly every thing in one particular.
“And I assume from the workforce place of check out, absolutely with [team principal] Sven Quandt at the helm, they’ve obtained a ton of encounter and knowledge. I assume with respect to motorists, I’m not certain you get a much better lineup, to be honest, to carry experience in, but also to produce the effects. And from a automobile place of view, this is where—if I rewind a small bit—it’s awesome to be concerned with Audi since they have in no way frightened of a obstacle.”
Audi’s RS Q E-Tron will be driven by Stéphane Peterhansel, who has received the Dakar rally 14 times—six on two wheels and eight times in a car—with Edouard Boulanger as co-driver, one more seasoned veteran of the problem.
McNish stated that the Dakar car or truck, with its mix of existing Audi motorsport tech, displays that the brand’s keen to acquire significant possibilities. “If you consider again to the to start with time they came in to rally and stuck in Quattro and most people else went ‘ah, there is certainly no way.’
“But even when they brought it to touring cars and trucks or when they went with the immediate injection to Le Mans for the 1st time, or the diesel or hybrid – all the things has been a little bit of a leap forward of where by everything is in the position quo. They’re not frightened of that obstacle.
“Definitely heading to Dakar is likely to be a diverse one to test, to go for that race with all electric powered push is likely to be tough perform but they commit to it and they commit to it realizing that it is heading to be a difficult just one but understanding that ultimately tasting the champagne at the conclude is unquestionably superb. But you can find going to be a whole lot of very long nights and a whole lot of deep soul seeking and digging to make certain they get the correct methods in between moments.”
Whilst Audi’s time in System E is drawing to a close—the London ePrix marks its penultimate celebration in the series—McNish stated that the Dakar method exhibits the model is continue to keen to be section of the chopping edge of motorsport. “I have to acquire my hat off to the board to dedicate to these a obstacle, it truly is a restatement that we are heading for it.
“That, I feel, is good for us in motorsports as perfectly, that they are sitting down at the rear of it simply because, you know, we’re in a place the place a ton of motorsport packages are possibly not rather as good, but we’ve obtained a board that are centered on it and a clear assertion of wherever we are going with it.”
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