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¹This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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The Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹ is the second evolution of the contender from the brand with the four rings for one of the greatest challenges that there is in international motorsport: the Dakar Rally. The original Audi RS Q e-tron¹ scored four stage wins during its debut at the Dakar Rally in 2022 and shortly thereafter won its first desert rally at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Audi is the first car manufacturer to use an electric drivetrain in combination with an efficient energy converter² to compete for overall victory against conventionally powered competitors at the Dakar Rally. The innovative prototype presents itself significantly improved for the 2023 Dakar Rally and now bears the abbreviation E2 following its evolution during the second phase of the development program.

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

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Motor generator units

3

one on each axle and one as energy converter²

Acceleration

less than

4.5

seconds

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from 0 to 100 km/h on loose surfaces

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

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

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

Highlights of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹

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Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹

The distinguishing aspects of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹:

  • Utilizes an innovative drivetrain concept²
  • High-voltage battery is charged while driving via an energy converter²
  • Three motor-generator units (MGU), one on each axle and one part of the energy converter²
  • Futuristic prototype that is now in its second evolution stage
  • Fundamentally new body optimizes weight and airflow
  • Improved operating strategy and optimized control concept
  • The battery weighs about 370 kilograms and has a capacity of around 52 kWh

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.
²The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system based on the TFSI engine and a generator.

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Innovative drivetrain concept²

Because there are no charging opportunities in the desert, Audi has chosen an innovative charging concept: On board of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹, there is the highly efficient 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo TFSI engine from the DTM. It is part of an energy converter that charges the high-voltage battery while driving.

The drivetrain of the Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹ is electric. The front and rear axles are both fitted with a motor-generator unit (MGU) from the Audi e-tron FE07 Formula E car. Only minor modifications had to be made to use the MGU in the Dakar Rally.

A third MGU, of identical design, is part of the energy converter and serves to recharge the high-voltage battery while driving. In addition, energy is recuperated during braking. The battery weighs about 370 kilograms and has a capacity of around 52 kWh.

¹This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

¹This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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Second evolution

The Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹ is lighter, more aerodynamic and even more efficient. The body is completely new and features significantly enhanced aerodynamics. It helps lower the prototype’s weight and center of gravity. New operating strategies further improve the efficiency of the electric drivetrain. In the interior and when changing wheels, the driver and co-driver benefit from easier operation. Following these evolutions, the RS Q e-tron now bears the abbreviation E2. It is reminiscent of the legendary Audi Sport quattro in its final development stage for Group B rallying in the 1980s.

¹This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

¹This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

Design
in Detail

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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.

Technical data

Audi RS Q e-tron E2¹
Vehicle type Cross-Country Rally Car (Category T1 U)
Chassis Steel tube frame in combination with structural components in carbon/cylon fiber composite
Drivetrain All-wheel drive with electrically driven axles²
E-drivetrains on the axles One Audi MGU05 from Formula E per axle
Output Total system power under 288 kW (392 hp)
Transmission One single-speed racing gearbox per axle, including limited-slip differential (software-based), virtual center differential with freely selectable torque distribution on front and rear axle
Battery High Voltage Battery System (HVBS), approx. 370 kg (wet), lithium-ion cells, usable battery capacity approx. 52 kWh, charging with max. 220 kW (299 hp) while driven through energy converter
Energy converter 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine from the DTM coupled via a shaft with a generator (Audi MGU05 from Formula E) Speed- and torque-controlled generator operation at the energy converter’s maximum efficiency with intelligent battery charging and energy management
Tyres BF Goodrich front/rear 37x12,5 R17
Dimensions 4,500 / 2,300 / 1,950
Length / Width /Height (mm)
Minimum weight 2,100 kg without drivers
0–100 km/h Less than 4.5 seconds (on loose surface)
Top speed Limited to max. 170 km/h by regulations

¹ This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

¹ This vehicle is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

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Dakar 02/03/2022

With expertise and passion to the finish line: The 2022 Dakar Rally

The Audi RS Q e-tron¹ made a triumphant debut at the 2022 Dakar Rally.

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¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt.

¹This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt.

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    The car has three electric motor-generators (based on the Formula E car's): one on each axle, and a third attached to the 2.0-litre turbo four (from the DTM RS5), to charge the battery (newly developed by Audi). The wheels are driven solely by the electric motors, not by the petrol engine.

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