- Carlos Sainz and Cruz Lucas drive the #202 Audi RS Q e-tron to victory

Rookie Racecar Has First Taste of Victory

The RS Q e-tron has shown the world how reliable electric cars can be

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The #202 RS Q e-tron driven by Carlos Sainz conquers the third stage of the gruelling Dakar rally and emerges victorious in the T1 category. The RS Q e-tron made its Dakar debut this season. The first two stages of the rally were a bit rough e-trons. But in the third stage, it made its presence known through the capable hands of Carlos Sainz and co-driver Cruz Lucas.

The Audi RS Q e-tron is a promising project, frankly speaking. Since every person now wants an electric car, it makes sense for a manufacturer to invest in an electric racecar. I am not an avid follower of Moto-E or Formula-E, but I like the idea of an electric racing series. Coming back to the RS Q e-tron, Audi took a leap of faith into Dakar. Their risk paid off. The stage 3 results reflect just that.

Let's talk more about the RS Q e-tron, shall we? The RS Q e-tron has defined a benchmark for BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) by winning a Dakar stage, where; if the vehicle completes the stage, it is considered reliable. The Dakar spec RS Q e-tron packs a high voltage battery pack of 52 kWh, which, according to Audi, is sufficient for each stage. The driving motors on both axles are limited to 288 kW in total due to regulations.

Motorsports has always been the peak of reliability tests, especially rallies such as Dakar truly test the vehicle's (and participant's) limits to the extreme. Judging by the success gained by the RS Q e-tron in its maiden year in Dakar, I would not be too surprised if these things dominated the category in the future.

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