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Dakar Rally 2022

Audi is facing one of the greatest challenges in motorsport: Following its debut in the 2022 Dakar Rally with an innovative prototype, the brand with the four rings is preparing for the next edition of the famous desert rally in early 2023. The alternative drive concept combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter for the first time. Cross-country rallying will be the spearhead of the factory motorsport commitment in the future.

Recent Press Releases

  • 05/17/22
    Motorsport

    The Audi RS Q e-tron rocks Hamburg

    The futuristic Audi RS Q e-tron was one of the stars at the FUTURE MOVES New Mobility Summit as part of the OMR Festival in Hamburg on Tuesday. With a spectacular trip from the container port to the exhibition center, Swedish Audi driver Mattias Ekström and his co-driver Emil Bergkvist generated a lot of excitement in the run-up to the event.
  • 05/04/22
    Motorsport

    Double premiere: Audi and Ducati inspire at offroad event

    There has never been such an opportunity: Audi and Ducati welcomed international media to Sardinia for a double debut. For the first time, journalists were able to ride the new DesertX motorcycle and to drive the RS Q e-tron for the Dakar Rally. The designers of both brands have created an unmistakable, joint look for the motorcycle and the car. Expert instructions from Audi drivers Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz and Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci rounded off the formative experience.
  • 03/10/22
    Motorsport

    Emotional first victory in the desert: Audi RS Q e-tron wins in Abu Dhabi

    Audi has once again made history in motorsport with technical innovation: Following its debut with four stage victories at the Dakar Rally in January, the Audi RS Q e-tron now clinched its first overall victory – in just its second outing. Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger have decided the second round of the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship in their favor. The Frenchmen won in Abu Dhabi with an advantage of 29.49 minutes.
  • 02/25/22
    Motorsport

    Next challenge for the Audi RS Q e-tron in Abu Dhabi

    After its debut with four stage victories at the Dakar Rally in January, the Audi RS Q e-tron is facing its next challenge: From March 6 to 10, the innovative desert prototype with electric drivetrain, a high-voltage battery and the highly efficient energy converter will contest the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Team Audi Sport is fielding a car with factory drivers Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger in the second round of the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship.
  • 01/14/22
    Motorsport

    Audi RS Q e-tron at the Dakar Rally: Successful start into a new era

    The most complex race car in Audi’s history to date passed its baptism of fire at the Dakar Rally with flying colors. All three Audi RS Q e-tron cars mastered the world’s toughest off-road rally on their debut in Saudi Arabia. In total, they covered around 24,000 desert kilometers – almost three times the 8,700 test kilometers that Audi had previously completed. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist finished ninth in Jeddah as the best Audi driver team in a demanding edition of the desert classic. With the arrival of electric mobility, Audi has ushered in a new era in off-road rallying.
  • 01/08/22
    Motorsport

    Half-time results at the Dakar Rally: Three Audi RS Q e-tron prove innovative strength

    Six podium finishes in the daily results, reliably working electric drive systems, full competitiveness on debut and fascination with e-mobility at the world’s toughest rally: Audi already puts an exclamation mark on the first half of the Dakar Rally with its innovative strength.
  • 12/28/21
    Motorsport

    On the threshold of a new era: Audi RS Q e-tron ahead of its first Dakar Rally

    Curtain up for a new chapter: The new Audi RS Q e-tron will contest its first Dakar Rally from January 1 to 14, 2022. For Audi as the inventor of quattro, TFSI, ultra, e-tron and many other future technologies in motorsport, this marks the beginning of a new era in cross-country rallying.
  • 12/21/21
    Motorsport

    Rallye Dakar: The high-voltage battery in the Audi RS Q e-tron

    The high-voltage battery is located centrally in the drive and literally in the middle of the Audi RS Q e-tron. It embodies the heart of the innovative electric drive with energy converter. Audi intends to use it to set the next milestone in the world’s toughest rally and prove “Vorsprung durch Technik” in the desert as well.
  • 12/14/21
    Motorsport

    Staying cool: Complex cooling systems for the Dakar Rally in the Audi RS Q e-tron

    The futuristic exterior of the Audi RS Q e-tron perfectly reflects its advanced concept with electric all-wheel drive and an energy converter. In order to perfectly temper the complex and in some cases highly stressed systems, Audi has implemented an elaborate cooling system.
  • 12/07/21
    Motorsport

    High-tech control center in the desert: the cockpit of the Audi RS Q e-tron for the Dakar Rally

    A look inside the Audi RS Q e-tron should remind any car fan of an airplane cockpit: screens and displays are spread across the entire width of the instrument panel. Only with their help can the driver and co-driver cover thousands of kilometers in the desert quickly and successfully.

Press Kits

  • 03/06/22
    Motorsport

    Road to Dakar 2023 – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2022

    Audi has once again made history in motorsport with technical innovation: Following its debut with four stage victories at the Dakar Rally in January, the Audi RS Q e-tron now clinched its first overall victory – in just its second outing.
  • 01/01/22
    Motorsport

    Dakar Rally 2022

    Audi has entered a new era at the 2022 Dakar Rally. The RS Q e-tron with its alternative drive concept consisting of a combination of electric drivetrain, a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter reached the finish of the world's toughest desert rally at the first attempt, scoring four stage victories.

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