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Audi's RS Q e-tron takes on a desert torture test ahead of the 2022 Paris Dakar

Does this off-roading EV have what it takes?

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With the 2022 Paris Dakar rally just around the corner, Audi has been busy testing its latest entry in the desert.

In order to push the Audi RS Q e-tron to its limit for its competition debut, Audi has put it through its paces at some of the world's most gruelling conditions.

To simulate the kind of conditions the team will face at the Paris Dakar next year, the electric rally car was taken on a 1,000 mile trip across gravel roads in Spain. Now, the team has taken it to the Moroccon desert for two weeks to see what it can really do in the dunes.

During these tests, the RS Q e-tron has had to drive hard at temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, through sandstorms, and up incredibly high sand dunes. Since the RS Q e-tron had not been tested in these conditions before, the high temperatures caused some problems the team was not anticipating – but they were able to be sorted.

Andreas Roos, head of factory motorsport projects at Audi Sport said: "We expect much lower temperatures at the Dakar Rally. Nevertheless, we deliberately went to Morocco to test our concept under the most extreme conditions. Components such as the MGU, for example, were basically not developed for use in such high ambient temperatures, but the drivetrain and other components were also pushed to their limits or even beyond by the heat.

"The insights we gained in Morocco are invaluable, but they also show us that we still have a lot to do before the Dakar Rally and there is not much time left."

Audi's RS Q e-tron is powered by two electric motors on each axle which have come straight from the e-tron FE07 Formula E car. Alongside these electric motors is a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four from an Audi DTM car which acts as a generator when the battery dies. Speaking of battery, there is a 50 kWh battery keeping the car alive.

All this juice means the RS Q e-tron is good for 670 horsepower – making it more powerful than the brand's 591hp RS Q8 SUV.

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  • That looks like something I would see out of Madmax lmao.

      4 months ago