The terrain of an ultimate challenge: the Dakar 2022
A real challenge for the brand with the four rings, this rally-raid created by Thierry Sabine in 1978 will be one of the biggest challenges in motorsport for Audi. This new edition will take place from January 2 to 14. The course includes 80% of tracks with more sand. The competition will take place in the heart of Saudi Arabia.
Taking up the tradition of previous editions, a two-day marathon stage, without assistance, will put the pilots and their vehicle to the test. David Castera, director of the Dakar, specifies: “We are going to explore places that we have not fully explored, with an emphasis on sand and dunes”.
Audi RS Q e-tron: a unique hybrid vehicle
For its participation in the Dakar, the Audi Sport branch has developed a brand new vehicle: the Audi RS Q e-tron. From the original idea to the first tests, Audi technicians have achieved the feat of perfecting this new hybrid prototype in less than a year.
An exceptional crew to achieve victory
Faced with the challenge set by the brand, three great drivers will take the wheel of the Audi RS Q e-tron. Coming from three different nationalities, together they have accumulated 22 championship titles. Audi Sport crews are made up of:
Stephane Peterhansel and his co-pilot Édouard Boulanger : this renowned driver, nicknamed “Monsieur Dakar”, holds the absolute record for victory in the Dakar rally. He has to his credit, 8 victories in cars and 6 on motorcycles since 1991. The 2022 edition will be his 33rd Dakar and he is already announcing: “It will go on the hats of wheels”.
Carlos Sainz and his co-pilot Lucas Cruz : with two titles of world rally champion and three victories in the car on the Dakar, Carlos Sainz is a seasoned professional driver perfectly mastering all terrains. The Spaniard clearly announces his goal: “I’m leaving for another victory”.
Mattias Ekström and his co-pilot Emil Bergkvist : three championship titles, including two in DTM and another in rallycross. The Swedish pilot is a competitor mastering the most difficult courses.
Thanks to these seasoned pilots and a hybrid prototype equipped with the best technological innovations of the brand, Audi will draw on 40 years of research for perfection to demonstrate its expertise in electrified powertrains. For Julius Seebach, CEO of Audi Sport: “Take on challenges that many consider impossible. This is our idea of progress ”.