Audi announced participation in DakarNovember 30, 2020
The company builds an electric SUV for the rally-raid
Audi will take part in the Dakar rally-raid – and immediately with the factory team. The pilots of the “four rings” will compete in the 2022 race on a prototype with an electric propulsion system.
Audi decided not to tell anything about the car, of course. On the teaser, you can see only the silhouette traditional for the Dakar prototype, and from the official statement you can learn that the company “is using an electric drive in combination with a high-voltage battery and a high-efficiency converter for the first time.” Obviously, the SUV will get the components developed for Formula E, as the Dakar will effectively replace Audi’s participation in this championship.
“A multifaceted commitment to motorsport has been and will remain an integral part of Audi’s strategy,” says Markus Düsmann, Chairman of the Board and Member of the Audi AG Technical Development and Product Line-up Council. and also intend to create innovative technologies for road cars. And the most difficult rally is perfect for this. “
Audi expects that Dakar will become a kind of field laboratory where the company will be able to test promising developments. Moreover, some of them in the future will be used on serial machines. Electric vehicles and hybrids are projected to account for about 40 percent of Audi’s global sales by 2025, so joining rally raids is well worth it.
Then, in 2022, another electric prototype should go to the start of the Dakar. It is being built by the GCK Motorsport team based on the Peugeot 3008 DKR, the winner of the 2017 and 2018 rally raids. According to preliminary information, the GCK e-Blast 1 SUV will be equipped with a 150 kilowatt-hour battery and an electric power plant that develops 340 horsepower and 1001 Nm of torque.
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