Audi Dakar 4 × 4 hybrid – After announcing its withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2021 season, Audi intends to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and participate with an official team in the Dakar in 2022.
An unprecedented electrified vehicle for the Dakar 2022
The German brand indeed aims to return to its first love; The rally. It will participate in the Dakar in 2022, and intends to do so with an electrified vehicle concept. The still hidden machine suggests imposing dimensions. It will innovate with an alternative motorization which will combine “for the first time an electric transmission with a high voltage battery and an energy converter.
This prototype can be charged while it is running via an energy converter in the form of a TFSI heat engine. A concept that Audi wants to adapt to mainstream production models. ” The most difficult rally in the world is the perfect stage for this»Indicated Markus Duesmann, chairman of the board of directors of the brand.
Audi Dakar 4 × 4 hybrid – Sven Quandt in charge of the Audi program for the Dakar
The German Sven Quandt, owner of Team X-Raid, will lead the Audi rally raid program from 2022 through his Q Motorsport structure.
Audi thus offers itself a heavyweight in the rally raid. In order to make sure that it does well, Audi will therefore trust Sven Quandt who supervises the famous Mini team on this Dakar, which he attended in 1998 before finding himself at the head of Mitsubishi Motors from 2002 to 2004. In parallel he created the X-Raid team, which has won 6 Dakar victories since 2012, including the last edition in 2021.
“ With Q-Motorsport, we want to innovate in rally-raid independently and alongside X-raid. The world is changing and the Dakar must also prove that it can be sustainable and continue to lead the way. This is exactly what Q Motorsport wants to demonstrate with Audi. “ Sven Quandt said recently.
Not a first for Audi! – Dakar 1985
On the Paris-Algiers-Dakar 1985 which was the 7th edition, 3 identical Audi Quattro from team Malardeau had been entered by VAG France to face the African continent …