The Audi RS Q e-tron at the Dakar Rally 2022
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Dakar Rally 2022 in Saudi Arabia

After many historical successes in rallying, the brand with the four rings enters the Dakar Rally for the first time in 2022 electrically in the e-tron models. Set to compete in one of the world’s toughest Rally races, the RS Q e-tron is our main protagonist for the Dakar Rally 2022. An icon in the making. This is the third time Saudi Arabia hosts this event. The Audi RS Q e-tron will be competing in the desert of Saudi Arabia starting in Ha’il, and ending in Jeddah with a lot more action on sand dunes in the Empty Quarter. Born to perform, this is the start of our Road to Dakar.

A new success story

For Audi, racing means testing limits, accepting challenges and always breaking new ground. From the successes of the quattro models in the 1980s, a straight line leads to the electrification of the Dakar Rally. Audi entered the race there for the first time in January 2022 with a new drive concept – an electric powertrain combined with an energy converter system comprising a TFSI engine and generator – and impressed right away. The end of the rally also marked the start of preparations for the 2023 Dakar and work on the Audi RS Q e-tron E2.

*This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model.

Motor generator units


One MGU on each axis and one as an energy converter




0 to 100 km/h on loose ground

Top speed




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