Audi RS Q e-tron: the technical characteristics as the Dakar 2022 approaches

There Dakar 2022 is almost ready to take the stage with the races starting on January 1, 2022 with the special in Jeddah (in Saudi Arabia) and ending on January 14. Among the competitors we will find particular solutions such asAudi RS Q e-tron who will be ready to demonstrate the potential of electric motorization (in this case combined with an engine and internal combustion) and will race in the Cross-Country Rally category.

As in the case of the S1 Hoonitron, here too we find the brand of the house in Ingolstadt because we want to give continuity between the prototypes and what users can buy from dealerships (with necessary limitations related to everyday usability). In the past, we have written about the tests that are taking place while waiting for the start of the Dakar 2022 and now that we’re almost there, there are new details for this model.

The characteristics of the Audi RS Q e-tron of the Dakar 2022

As stated by the company itself, the new Audi RS Q e-tron uses three electric motors (Audi MGU05, one for each Formula E FE07 trailing axle and part of the conversion system) with an overall output of approximately 680 hp. This allows it to engage 0-100km/h in 4.5″ when it is on a ground with low grip while the maximum speed is equal to 170 km/h (limited by regulations).

Audi RS Q e-tron

There drums has a capacity of 52kWh with a total weight of 370 kg. The power supply systems then operate with three different voltages: 12V, 48V and 800V. The wiring system installed inside the Audi RS Q e-tron it has a total length of 4 km while the whole car is made up of over 6000 different components.


Being an extremely complex and long race without intermediate stops during the special, it was necessary to integrate a TFSI internal combustion engine supply energy to batteries: second Audi we are below 200 grams of carbon dioxide produced per kWh. It is a four-cylinder petrol engine with supercharging given by a 2-liter turbo taken “borrowed” of the DTM. The speed ranges from 4500 rpm to 6000 rpm, considered the most efficient. Part of the energy needed to recharge the batteries is recovered during braking in order to further increase the range.


Other data provided by the company indicates that each individual wheel weighs 44.7 kg (rim and tire) while each day are generated 50 GB of data. Ground clearance is 300mm. There total power of the system is fixed at 288kW also in this case due to regulations. To see how it will behave, just wait until the beginning of next month.


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