Audi RS Q E-Tron Off-Roader Breaks Cover For 2022 Dakar Rally

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Audi RS Q E-Tron Off-Roader Breaks Cover For 2022 Dakar Rally

The DTM-spec gasoline engine doesn’t drive the wheels. Instead, it acts as a range extender to charge the battery.

Shortly after introducing the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, Audi Sport’s motorsport division is unveiling another race car. The RS Q E-Tron is of an entirely different nature compared to the mid-engined V10 supercar as the first Dakar Rally challenger from the Four Rings was conceived to tackle grueling terrains rather than the perfect asphalt of a conventional track.

For its electrified motorsport activities planned for the upcoming 2022 motorsport season, Audi is ditching Formula E to tackle the Dakar Rally with the RS Q E-Tron. Aside from looking incredibly rad (and rocking a faux singleframe grille), the off-road beast is making the headlines thanks to an interesting powertrain.

It’s fully electric, courtesy of front and rear motors adapted from the 2021-spec Audi e-tron FE07 Formula E car. However, there’s a TFSI gasoline engine borrowed from DTM that serves as an integral part of the energy converter system to charge the battery on the go. The internal combustion engine serves as a range extender and works at 4,500 to 6,000 rpm. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.

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