Audi RS Q e-tron

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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Dakar: Adventure in the desert

The Dakar Rally is one of the world’s toughest rallies and a new adventure for Audi Sport in the world of motorsport in January 2022. It is the third time that the legendary event will be hosted in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Thousands of kilometers lie ahead of the entrants, which include the three new Audi RS Q e-tron*. The brand with the four rings is the first manufacturer to take on the Dakar Rally with an alternative drivetrain concept, which combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter for the first time.

*Bei diesem Fahrzeug handelt es sich um das Rallye-Dakar-Rennfahrzeug, dieses wird nicht zum Kauf angeboten.

*Bei diesem Fahrzeug handelt es sich um das Rallye-Dakar-Rennfahrzeug, dieses wird nicht zum Kauf angeboten.

Audi RS Q e-tron

What’s on?

Event
Dakar Rally

When
Scrutineering: December 29–31, 2021
Prologue: January 1, 2022
Rally: January 2–14, 2022


Where

Saudi Arabia


Start

Haʼil

Finish
Jeddah

 

 

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

Saudi Arabia

Rally facts

“Dakar is about the adventure. The permanent fight. Against the terrain, the dunes, the rocks, the sand, the dust. And of course, fighting against the clock and against the competition.”

Stéphane Peterhansel

The Dakar Rally is one of the biggest challenges and adventures in the world of motorsport and has been a fixture on the international calendar every January. First held in 1979, the event gets its name from its original finish location: Dakar, the capital of Senegal on the west coast of Africa. The continent played host to the event from 1979 until its final running in Africa in 2007, before the cancelation of the 2008 event due to security reasons. South America became the new home of the Dakar Rally for eleven editions from 2009, before the current host country, Saudi Arabia, hosted its first Dakar Rally in 2020.

Since its inception, the Dakar Rally has become the crown jewel in the world of international cross-country rallying. It is a two-week marathon with breathtaking landscapes and challenging terrain – a true test for all of the competitors, teams and their machines. The categories taking part include motorcycles, quad bikes, lightweight vehicle prototypes, cars and trucks.

Proceedings for the 2022 edition begin with scrutineering before New Year’s Eve from December 29–31. New Year’s Day in Haʼil will see the start podium and a short prologue to set the starting order of the rally. The first stage departs from Haʼil on January 2 and concludes in Jeddah on January 14, following 12 days of competition and one rest day (January 8 in Riyadh).

Audi quattro

Back to the roots

Audi Sport has its roots in rallying. The Audi quattro revolutionized the World Rally Championship with its permanent four-wheel drive in the early 1980s, including two drivers’ and teams’ world titles. After many successful years in various categories of circuit racing since then, Audi Sport returns to rallying with the Audi RS Q e-tron* to take on cross-country rallying at the highest level with the Dakar Rally.

*This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

*This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

Dakar

Stéphane Peterhansel
Audi RS Q e-tron
Audi RS Q e-tron

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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