Audi unveils upgraded RS Q e-tron for 2024 Dakar Rally, focusing on enhanced safety, reliability, comfort, performance, and reduced maintenance times.
Audi has announced some significant improvements to its RS Q e-tron rally prototype, gearing up for its third appearance in the Dakar Rally in January 2024. The off-road EV race car, renowned for its innovative electric drivetrain, benefits from a series of updates aimed at enhancing safety, reliability, comfort, performance, and maintenance efficiency. The Audi driver teams, including notable racers such as Mattias Ekström, Stéphane Peterhansel, and Carlos Sainz, are set to benefit from these advancements. Safety has been a primary concern, especially following accidents in the 2023 rally. Audi has made strides in load distribution through adjustments to the chassis, including the springs, dampers, and bump stops. Enhanced seat foam design further reduces peak loads on the driver and co-driver, contributing to improved occupant protection.
In terms of reliability, Audi has refined the drivetrain and introduced new design elements to prevent damage from external factors like penetrating stones. The use of more robust rims and stronger sidewalls in tires also contributes to the vehicle’s resilience in harsh rally conditions. Comfort enhancements include better acoustic shielding and cockpit sealing, along with a redesigned front bonnet to keep the windshield clearer. Performance-wise, Audi has explored various avenues, from chassis adjustments to software updates. The 2024 regulations also favor the RS Q e-tron, allowing for increased power output. Finally, maintenance efficiency has been a focus area, with Audi introducing practical solutions to streamline servicing tasks during rally events. This extensive update to the RS Q e-tron showcases Audi’s dedication to innovation and competitiveness in the challenging Dakar Rally. View all current Audi models currently for sale on duPont REGISTRY by clicking the link below.