“Audi lived up to its pioneering role in the Dakar Rally straight away,” says Audi’s Board Member for Development, Oliver Hoffmann. “The alternative drive concept of the Audi RS Q e-tron met all expectations with its electric drive train, the high-voltage battery and the highly efficient energy converter. For more than four decades, our brand has been impressing in motorsport with its innovations time and time again – including at the toughest rally in the world.”
Carlos Sainz ended up in twelfth place, Stéphane Peterhansel in 55th place after the Dakar record winner played the noble helper several times and twice had to give or bring a setback to colleague Sainz. But after the problems in week one, the Audi really turned up the heat in week two.
“Especially in the second half, the routes were typically Dakar, namely very diverse and demanding with a mixture of off-road tracks, small and large dunes and difficult orientation,” says Sainz. “With our engineers, we tuned the car better and better over the course of the rally.”
The Dakar moved from Africa to South America in 2009 for safety reasons. Driving in Saudi Arabia since 2020.