So it’s no wonder that all e-car projects in the Kox308; nigin of the desert rallies have failed so far. Audi now wants to change that – and use the Dakar Rally as a truly desolate test laboratory for its production vehicles.
“The car is the most complex I’ve ever seen,” says Sven Quandt, founder of Q Motorsport, the Audi team. He even compares the project with the first moon landing: “Back then, the engineers didn’t know what to expect. It’s similar with us. A finish at the first use would be a success. “
The combustion engine is the two-liter, four-cylinder turbo that Audi used in the DTM until the end of 2020. Audi still has 30 of these units. The engine has been redesigned for use in the Dakar. Stefan Dreyer, Head of Development at Audi Sport: “We have reduced the output from 450 to 200 kW. It works best point-optimized in a narrow speed range between 4500 and 6000 instead of 9000 tours. ”