Street to Dakar: Audi electrifies the desert

  • Idea of progressive prototype largely accomplished
  • First exams deliberate for the center of the yr
  • MGU from Method E may even be used within the Dakar Rally

Neuburg a. d. Donau, April 2, 2021 – Audi has made essential steps on the best way to its debut within the well-known Dakar Rally in January 2022. The idea of the progressive prototype for the world’s hardest cross-country rally has virtually been concluded. The primary exams are deliberate for the center of the yr. Mission administration for the corporate’s manufacturing facility motorsport commitments has been taken over by Andreas Roos, who was most just lately liable for the profitable DTM program at Audi Sport.

“With the Dakar undertaking, we at Audi stay true to our philosophy of utilizing new applied sciences in motorsport for the primary time which might be groundbreaking for future highway automobiles,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and liable for all motorsport actions of Audi. “In our rally historical past, for instance, this was the quattro drivetrain, and now we’ll take a look at parts for future electrical drivetrains below excessive situations on the Dakar Rally. On the similar time, we provide thrilling buyer and fan experiences.”

“The Dakar undertaking is a large problem for your complete workforce,” says Andreas Roos. “We have now a good schedule to implement our progressive idea. We’re the primary automotive producer to deal with the Dakar Rally with an electrical drivetrain. Everybody within the workforce is working flatout in order that we’re able to go in time for the 2022 Dakar.”

The progressive prototype makes use of the motor generator unit (MGU) from the present Method E automotive that Audi developed from scratch for the 2021 season. Three motors might be used: “We can have one MGU on the entrance axle and one on the rear axle. A 3rd MGU serves as a generator to cost the high-voltage battery whereas driving,” says Roos. “In fact, now we have to make modifications, as a result of the desert has completely different challenges than within the cities the place we’re at the moment racing in Method E: jumps, sand, the very lengthy phases. However we will mainly construct on the experience from Method E and in addition from our Le Mans prototypes with the e-tron quattro.”

Audi can be creating the high-voltage battery in-house. In Method E, this can be a spec half from a provider for the entire groups. The power for charging the battery is equipped by the four-cylinder TFSI engine from the DTM. “This engine is extremely environment friendly and state-of-the-art by way of weight and consumption,” says Andreas Roos. “The essential factor is: our drivetrain is absolutely electrical. The TFSI engine is simply used to cost the batteries on the particular phases. The battery must be charged whereas driving, as there are at the moment no different choices to take action within the desert.” Audi plans to run absolutely electrical on all of the liaison phases.

“The Dakar is exclusive and one of many final nice adventures on the planet,” says Sven Quandt, who might be operating the operation on the Dakar Rally along with his Q Motorsport workforce, along with Audi



Sport. “I am satisfied {that a} model can acquire lots from collaborating within the Dakar Rally, particularly should you select an progressive path like Audi has commited to with the electrical drivetrain.”

“A great accomplice technique is essential for achievement in motorsport,” says Julius Seebach. “In Q Motorsport, now we have gained an skilled accomplice with confirmed Dakar experience. We plan to current our driver line-ups, that are additionally essential, in Might.”

The primary prototype for the Dakar Rally is at the moment being constructed at Audi Sport in Neuburg an der Donau. The roll-out is scheduled for the top of June, adopted by the world premiere in July. Afterwards, an intensive testing part is deliberate earlier than Audi’s first Dakar Rally in January 2022.

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