First endurance test for the Audi RS Q e-tron E2

First endurance test for the Audi RS Q e-tron E2

22.09.2022: Testing the second evolution on rough terrain in Morocco All six drivers and co-drivers help to develop the car 4,218 test kilometers in nine days

  

 

Testing the second evolution on rough terrain in Morocco
    
   
All six drivers and co-drivers help to develop the car
    
   
4,218 test kilometers in nine days




Audi Sport prepared for the first rally of the new Audi RS Q e-tron E2 at an extensive test in Morocco in September 2022. With Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, all six drivers and co-drivers got to know and appreciate the second evolution stage in tough conditions.



„Our plan was to have nine days of testing so that each driver/co-driver pairing could work with the test vehicle for three days,“ says Arnau Niubó Bosch, Project Leader Track Operations. “There were two main objectives: to develop the second evolution for the Dakar Rally and to familiarize the driver teams with the new developments.

 

 

The weight reduction creates new opportunities for suspension set-up, which we want to exploit. We are moving in a good direction. The electric drive with all its systems is also working more smoothly than at the test a year ago.”



In Morocco, Uwe Breuling, Head of Vehicle Operations Audi Sport, encountered unusually tough conditions with his squad. “At almost 40 degrees Celsius, the temperatures are extreme and push the car, but also the crews, to their limits,” he reports. “Likewise, the test tracks are very brittle this year, which visibly puts an enormous strain on the technology. But there’s nothing that will stop the car, just minor damage that we need to repair.”



All Audi Sport drivers and co-drivers are positively surprised by the lower weight of the prototype with an electric drive. “Not only the weight, but also its distribution is more favorable now,” reports Carlos Sainz. “As a result, the car drifts less, it feels more agile and it’s easier to control.”

 

An impression confirmed by Stéphane Peterhansel: “When we drive through long, fast corners, there are fewer centrifugal forces. So it’s much easier to stay on the inside of the corner. Likewise, our seating position is better than before.”



Mattias Ekström,
who is still a newcomer to off-road rallying after a successful career on the circuit and in rallycross, contributes his knowledge while benefiting from the knowledge edge of the two Dakar winners in the team. “Carlos’ and Stéphane’s experience helps us enormously with the set-up,” says Mattias Ekström.

 

 

“It’s not about lap times as on asphalt courses, but about having a predictable car. In addition to the lower weight, the improved aerodynamics are also clearly noticeable. It has a positive effect especially at higher speeds.”



The engineers at Audi Sport by no means only had the conditions for the drivers in mind during their work. The three co-drivers also benefit from an optimized working environment. “We wanted to be able to operate the complex systems more easily,” says Emil Bergkvist. “This has been achieved well with the latest evolution. In some cases, the systems now respond to warnings without manual intervention.”


Lucas Cruz adds:
“The ergonomics in the cockpit are now better and various controls have been logically regrouped, which definitely helps us. This allows us to concentrate better and gives us more time for our core task: navigation.”



For Edouard Boulanger, another aspect was paramount:
“The car feels very different from before. The lower weight means we can move a little more toward comfort in terms of damper set-up. That’s important when you spend as much time in the cockpit as we do and have to stay focused for hours.”



Audi Sport completed a total of 4,218 kilometers in Morocco. Together with the previous tests in Europe, this already results in a total distance of 6,424 kilometers for the Audi RS Q e-tron E2.


However, the team has no time for a break: In less than two weeks, the second evolution of the rally prototype will experience its baptism of fire. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz contest the Morocco Rally in the southwest of the country from October 1 to 6.



With its varied terrain, it is considered the ideal event to prepare for the Dakar Rally.



    
Stefan Moser - photos Audi











Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/first-endurance-test-audi-rs-q-etron-e2-morocco---242780.html

22.09.2022 / MaP

More News

Saudi Arabia's Yazeed Al-Rajhi heads bumper entry for Rally Aseer 2022
21.09.2022
RALLY ASEER 2022Saudi Toyota Rally Championship, round 1 – September 22nd-24th, 2022 Toyota Hilux driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi and German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz lead a 42-car field into this weekend’s Rally Aseer 2022, the opening round of the 2022 Saudi Toyota Rally Championship. The event is based out of the city of Abha in th more >>
Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky on RXR's ambitions for Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix
20.09.2022
With two wins from the first three X Prix of Extreme E Season 2, Rosberg X Racing (RXR) are currently favourites to win consecutive championships. Ahead of the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix, we caught up with RXR’s Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky to find more >>
Full focus on Chile for Veloce Racing
20.09.2022
Extreme E campaign continues with Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix It’s all eyes on Chile as Veloce Racing prepares for the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix this coming weekend (24/25 September).The event m more >>
X-raid - 20 years of racing
20.09.2022
20 years ago, the X-raid team was founded by Sven Quandt and started its business in Trebur on September 19th, 2002. Team X-raid was a matter close to his heart for the team founder. For many years, he himself sat behind the wheel at rallies or more >>
ABT CUPRA XE takes on the Extreme E challenge of the Copper X Prix in Chile’s Atacama Desert
19.09.2022
    Team drivers Nasser Al-Attiyah and Jutta Kleinschmidt have both competed in Chile before and are looking forward to returning in the CUPRA Tavascan XE    Copper X Prix takes place in the Atacama Desert – the driest non-Polar region on Earth    The 4th Extreme E race of the season takes place more >>
Nasser Al-Attiyah looks ahead to Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix
17.09.2022
Despite demonstrating ABT CUPRA XE’s potential throughout Season 2, it has been a difficult debut campaign in Extreme E for Nasser Al-Attiyah. As excitement builds ahead of the series’ first X Prix in South America, Extreme E caught up with the four-time Dakar Rally winner who is kee more >>
The Extreme E teams hoping for a turnaround in Chile
15.09.2022
As the series heads to Chile for the penultimate X Prix of Extreme E Season 2, those ranked eighth to tenth in the Championship have nothing to lose as they look to climb up the Championship standings.NEOM McLaren XE, Veloce Racing and ABT more >>
Midfield teams hunting for an Extreme E podium in Chile
14.09.2022
As Extreme E prepares for its first South American X Prix, the stage is set for some exciting midfield battles in Chile. Leading the charge is X44 Vida Carbon Racing (4th - 41 points), with XITE ENERGY Racing and Genesys Andretti United Extreme E level on p more >>
Guerlain Chicherit out to lead the pack at the 2023 Dakar Rally
14.09.2022
GCK Motorsport and Guerlain Chicherit will be fielding a Prodrive Hunter at the Dakar for the next two years. The nub of the ambitious programme is a high-potential biofuel vehicle which should help the French outfit clock up the experience they need to achieve their ultimate aim of winning the gruelling race with a hydrogen-powered car. more >>
Can anyone stop Rosberg X Racing claiming back-to-back Extreme E titles?
13.09.2022
After two wins from the first three X Prix in Extreme E Season 2, Rosberg X Racing (RXR) look well placed to secure their second Championship title in succession. Their nearest challengers, No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing and ACCIONA | more >>
Extreme E's floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, arrives in Chile ahead of Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix
08.09.2022
Extreme E’s floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, has arrived in Chile as the Championship prepares for its first South American outing – the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix on 24-25 September.Following the NEOM Island X Prix in Sardinia, more >>
Why Extreme E is racing in Chile's Atacama Desert
07.09.2022
As Extreme E heads to the Atacama Desert in Chile (24-25 September) for the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix, the penultimate round of Season 2, we take a look at the challenging climate and environmental issues that this South American region faces. more >>
Dania Akeel takes second place in T3 at Baja Poland
06.09.2022
Saudi Arabian driver Dania Akeel finished in an impressive second place at Columna Medica Baja Poland during the latest 2022 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Baja. The fifth round of the eight-Baja series was based out of Szczecin in no more >>
Quotes on Extreme E launch Racing for All initiative
05.09.2022
•    Joan Orús, Team Principal of ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team: “Everyone deserves an opportunity and with the Racing for All initiative, Extreme E is proving once again that it is the world's most socially responsible motorsport champion more >>
Extreme E launches Racing for All initiative
05.09.2022
Extreme E is pleased to announce the launch of its new Racing for All initiative, informed by the findings of The Hamilton Commission, which will create opportunities for a new generation of mechanical and engineering talent to join the world’s most radical off-road electric racing series. more >>
Fernando Alvarez and Marek Goczal seal FIA T3 and T4 wins in South Racing built Can-Ams at Baja Poland
04.09.2022
Columna Medica Baja Poland – September 2nd-4th, 2022    FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 5 of 8 Sunday, September 4th, 2022•       Alvarez extends his advantage over more >>
Baja Poland: Three MINI JCW Rally on the podium
04.09.2022
•    Krzysztof Holowczyc wins the Baja Poland•    Joao Ferreira wins FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas   more >>
Fire destroys Al-Rajhi's and Orr's hopes of extending FIA World Cup lead in Poland
04.09.2022
Columna Medica Baja Poland2022 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, round 5September 2-4, 2022  Yazeed Al-Rajhi and co-driver Michael Orr suffered a severe setback to their challenge for the 2022 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country more >>
Extreme E progresses legacy projects in Senegal
03.09.2022
A year on from the Ocean X Prix in Season 1, Extreme E returned to Lac Rose, Senegal, as part of its continued commitment to fighting climate change and supporting communities in the area.The vast expanse of the Atlantic was a scenic backdrop for the second e more >>
Strong podium result for Kevin Benavides at 2022 Atacama Rally
02.09.2022
Atacama Rally 2022 (CHI)Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kevin Benavides has successfully completed the 2022 Atacama Rally in third place. Using the five-day event to build his speed and carry out furth more >>
Extreme E - What is it like to race in Chile?
01.09.2022
Extreme E will compete in South America for the first time at the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix in Chile later this month (24-25 September). The event will mark a step into the unknown for the series, however four of the Extreme E grid have more >>
X-Raid Baja Poland line-up
26.08.2022
  LINE-UPMINI John Cooper Works Rally more >>
Kevin Benavides ready to race 2022 Atacama Rally in Chile
25.08.2022
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kevin Benavides is ready to take on the 2022 edition of the Atacama Rally in Chile. Benavides will use the event to continue testing his KTM 450 RALLY and build his speed ahead of the next round of the world more >>
FOX look back on their Extreme E debut
22.08.2022
The NEOM Island X Prix double-header in Sardinia, co-organised by the Automobile Club d'Italia and Regione Sardegna, marked the first Extreme E race for FOX, the Championship’s Official Suspension Partner. We caught up with Bryan Harrold, FOX Motorsports Program Manager, to look back on more >>
Problem free Bronkhorstspruit for Red-Lined Motorsport six car entry
22.08.2022
South African Rally Raid Championship Round 3 Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng20-21 August 2022Red-Lined Motorsport racing together with the Penta Motor Group took the short trip home from Bronkhorstspruit to Kyalami with a spring in their step aft more >>
Bahraini students help drive BRX towards World Rally Raid success
20.08.2022
Prodrive internships could lead to motor sport careers with top teamSix Bahraini engineering students have enjoyed once in a lifetime opportunities helping to keep Bahrain Raid Xtreme on course for victory in the new World Rally-Raid Championship (WRRC). more >>
ACM announces appeal decision on NEOM Island X Prix I
19.08.2022
Extreme E’s Sporting Governing Body, the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), has announced the decision of the stewards following ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team’s right to review after NEOM Island X Prix I. The decision sees a change in pe more >>
Treasury One Amarok buffs out nicely - De Klerk, Roets chasing Bronkhorstspruit silverware
12.08.2022
South African Rally Raid Championship Round 3 PreviewBronkhorstspruit, Gauteng19-20 August 2022The TreasuryONE Racing Amarok has buffed out nicely from its crunching Leniesdeel 300 Inland Off Road victory last time out and crew H more >>
Onwards and upwards for Veloce Racing after a challenging double-header
11.08.2022
Following an extended break after the first X Prix of Extreme E Season 2, the on-track action resumed with two rounds in one week at the NEOM Island X Prix, co-organised by Automobile Club d’Italia and Regione Sardegna.The action-packed Sardin more >>
Battle of Bronkhorstspruit Set to Deliver Thrilling Rally-Raid Action
11.08.2022
•    Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer currently fourth overall in Class FIA T1+ in the leading Neil Woolridge Motorsport Ford Castrol EcoBoost-powered Ranger•    Lance Woolridge and Elvéne Vonk determined to get points on the board after two non-finishes in the opening rounds, despite impressive pace more >>
Timo Scheider reflects on his competitive Extreme E debut
09.08.2022
From Championship Driver to XITE ENERGY Racing driver, Timo Scheider was thrown in the deep end as he took on his first race at Extreme E’s first double-header, co-organised by Automobile Club d’Italia and Regione Sardegna.The German was c more >>
ExtremeE - Best battles in Sardinia
09.08.2022
The Sardinian double-header promised us double the action and double the excitement. It delivered, showcasing some of the best wheel-to-wheel duels in Extreme E to date.The narrow and intricate course on the Italian island encouraged some thrilling battles as the 20 world-class drivers pushed each other to the limit. We’ve picked out just three of more >>
Jerome de Sadeleer wins Baja Aragon in FIA T4
09.08.2022
•    De Sadeleer and Rosegaar’s partnership results in a stunning win in Spain.•    Team’s TG-D1 FIA T4 buggy proved to be highly reliable and competitive.•    Saudi based Team Galag will announce extended program in coming weeks.  more >>
New Report: Sport Can Increase Climate Impact 100x By Engaging Fans
04.08.2022
The concept of ‘Scope F’ looks to explore and articulate sports’ influence on the greenhouse gas emissions of fans in their daily livesA report released by the Planet League, supported by Extreme E, brings a new term to the fore as sport continues t more >>
Extreme E extends partnership with Neat Burger
02.08.2022
Extreme E, the sport for purpose electric racing series, is pleased to announce it has extended its partnership with Neat Burger, who are now the Championship’s Official Vegan Partner. Neat Burger is one of the world’s fastest growing more >>
Extreme E's Amazon legacy partner, The Nature Conservancy, launches global photo contest 2022
02.08.2022
Extreme E’s Amazon legacy programme partner, The Nature Conservancy, has announced its 2022 Global Photo Contest is now open for submissions.The celebrated global photography competition will begin accepting submissions starting from today (1 Augu more >>
Sara Price on becoming Chip Ganassi Racing's first female race winner
28.07.2022
Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Alex Zanardi are just some of the star-studded names who have been victorious driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. In Sardinia, Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price added their names to the illustrious list. For more >>
Extreme E: Spotlighting XITE ENERGY
26.07.2022
Extreme E, the pioneering electric off-road racing championship, partnered with XITE ENERGY, who became its Official Drink Supplier, in Season 1. XITE ENERGY, which was founded in Bristol, UK, and is still only a few years old, has already made huge waves i more >>
Dania Akeel remains in FIA T3 title contention after strong showing in Spain
26.07.2022
Saudi Arabian scores solid World Cup points at Baja Spain AragónSaudi Arabian driver Dania Akeel remained firmly in contention to challenge for the FIA T3 Championship title after a strong showing at the gruelling Baja Spain Aragón, round four more >>

Kategorien

2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright