Further motivation for Team Audi Sport shortly before its second participation in the Dakar Rally (December 31, 2022 to January 15, 2023): the innovative Audi RS Q e-tron has won one of the most important prizes awarded in the sector motorsport.
After an enforced two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 crisis, trade magazine Race Tech’s World Motorsport Symposium has been held for the first time in London, where experts from around the world exchange their views on the latest motorsport trends. At the same time, a jury of experts awarded prizes for the most important technical developments. The Audi RS Q e-tron was awarded in the category « Racing Powertrain of the Year ». The other nominees were Mercedes (Formula E), Toyota (Hypercar Le Mans) and Swindon (BTCC Touring Cars).
“Winning this award on behalf of Audi Sport in London was an emotional and incredibly special moment. The whole team can be proud of this award. The story from the inception of the energy converter concept during development discussions to its realization in the Dakar Rally vehicle remains unforgettable. Courage, determination, perseverance, but above all a sense of identification with this concept have paid off. »said Stefan Dreyer who, as Head of Development Audi Sport Racing, is responsible for developing the transmission part of the Audi RS Q e-tron.
Audi has once again written the history of technical innovation in motorsport with the Audi RS Q etron. In its first participation in the Dakar Rally, Audi Sport has won four stage victories since its first participation in January 2022. In March, Stéphane Peterhansel and Edouard Boulanger won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. It was the first victory for an alternatively powered prototype in an off-road rally.
The Audi RS Q e-tron has an electric drive train with an energy converter. It consists of an internal combustion engine and a generator, as well as a high-voltage battery and two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. In 2023, Audi will use sustainable fuel for the first time in the Dakar Rally. This fuel saves more than 60% of carbon dioxide emissions.