Audi at Dakar 2022 facing one of the greatest challenges in motorsport: The brand with the four rings will be competing in the famous Dakar Rally for the first time in 2022 with an innovative prototype. The alternative drive concept combines an electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and a highly efficient energy converter for the first time. Cross-country rallying will be the spearhead of the factory motorsport commitment in the future.
In search of new horizons, Audi will leave the Formula E electric single-seater championship at the end of the 2021 season to engage in rally-raid in 2022.
Motor racing is a series of technical challenges for Audi. After having imposed the Quattro transmission in rallying in the 1980s, the diesel engine and then hybridization at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 2010s.
the brand with the rings, whose favorite slogan is “progress through technique”, will attempt to ” impose a hybrid machine on the flagship event of the rally-raid by entering the Audi at Dakar 2022.
Its technical sheet is not yet specified, but the first announcements from Audi suggest that it will carry a “series hybrid” type powertrain with a TFSI gasoline engine first designed to serve as a generator powering a battery.
high voltage and powerful electric motors. Indeed, a 100% electric powertrain would obviously not have been able to provide the autonomy necessary to cover the longest special stages of rally-raid, which can extend for several hundred kilometers without refueling.
Audi is also back in endurance
Audi at Dakar 2022 has also announced that its engineers are working on the design of a hybrid prototype intended for private teams wishing to enter endurance racing under the LMDh regulations (for Le Mans Daytona hybrid) accepted as well in the North American championship.
organized by IMSA, whose culmination is the 24 Hours of Daytona race, then in the WEC World Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its calendar.