Two-time World Rally champion Sainz and his feeble X-raid Mini teammate Stephane Peterhansel will spearhead Audi’s return to opposed-country rallying within the Saudi Arabia-basically based totally marathon next year, joining feeble DTM celebrity Mattias Ekstrom in a three-automobile line-up.
The Ingolstadt-basically based totally manufacturer is entering the Dakar with the unconventional RS Q e-tron, taking advantage of recent tips that can enable it to disaster for outright victories with an electrical-powered automobile.
On the other hand, the persona of the powertrain has added an additional stage of disaster and head of Audi Sport Andreas Roos admitted remaining month that a quantity of labor remains to be achieved following a two-week take a look at within the Moroccan wilderness.
Sainz on the other hand says merely ending the rally next January “could per chance not be adequate for me” and is gunning for a fourth Dakar victory following his earlier successes with Volkswagen, Peugeot and Mini.
“The Mini mission furthermore had an expiry date, at my age I wanted a mission that became enticing adequate to keep in mind that you are going to attain your entire energy and motivation into it, and this adventure has the entire substances for that,” the Spanish driver said in an match organised by Audi Spain attended by Motorsport.com.
“Our aspirations now are to salvage a examine out to remove the Dakar within the principle year with this automobile. Are we a bit crazy? Perhaps sure, but we are ambitious and that has to be the aim.
“Perhaps in three months’ time it’ll alternate and we’ll deserve to abet off, but I know that the aim of honest ending could per chance not be adequate for me in spite of every little thing these years.”
Carlos Sainz, Audi Sport
Photograph by: Audi Sport
The Audi RS Q e-tron parts an electrical motor derived from the manufacturer’s now-defunct programme in Formulation E, while the automobile furthermore houses a four-cylinder DTM-derived turbo engine to guarantee the batteries could per chance also honest furthermore be recharged for the long marathon stages.
Audi had beforehand described the RS Q e-tron because the most complex automobile it has ever constructed, surpassing its all-conquering R18 LMP1 automobile that received the Le Mans 24 Hours three years on slouch.
Sainz said he became impressed by Audi’s radical recent Dakar disaster having extensively tested it in Morocco, hailing the automobile’s instant torque provide and engine braking capabilities.
“The first sensation within the occasion you gain into this automobile is that it runs as you tempo up; you style not deserve to commence the clutch, or achieve it in gear, or alternate on the honest revs as I did within the Dakar and rally vehicles till now. Right here, you tempo up and you is seemingly to be off to the front,” explained the 59-year-usual, who will again salvage Lucas Cruz as his co-driver.
“Shall we embrace, I had by no manner worked with engine braking sooner than and it be gigantic efficient on this automobile, it be spectacular. The torque and the energy is instantaneous.
“Passing dunes is much more easy, you style not take into narrative the gears, you style not pick your hands off the wheel, you think about where you is seemingly to be going to pass, concentrated, with out having to ponder of what gear it be necessary to desire, whether or not that you’ll want to well also climb.
“In all likelihood the stress-free of this entire disaster is to work on things that I hadn’t worked on sooner than. It’s miles a continuous studying process to know how the automobile works, and the enhancements that you’ll want to well presumably gain.
“Shall we embrace, the engine braking, which I repeatedly had a disc brake feeling, and now the pedal scurry has a application segment that brakes the front and rear engine reckoning on the configuration sooner than the usage of the brake calipers. It’s all application administration in conserving with the settings you place on it.
“It’s in actuality spectacular on a technological stage the quantity of parameters that you’ll want to well presumably play with, furthermore with the virtual differential; within the occasion you tempo up or brake you are going to salvage a percentage of locking of that differential. It’s complicated, complicated, but sharp.
“For me it be something recent that I’m studying, it be by no manner too gradual and I’ve jumped on this put collectively, which is extremely recent. After I evaluation the entire vehicles I in actuality salvage driven with this, that you’ll want to well presumably have faith that the evolution is brutal.”
Audi RS Q e-tron
Photograph by: Audi
Whereas Sainz has intention high ambitions for Audi’s first foray in Dakar, the Spaniard is below no phantasm referring to the dimension of disaster the German manufacturer faces with its recent prototype.
“That is a recent mission and a mission adore this for the Dakar, the principle year is extremely complicated, there are repeatedly days lacking, checks and so on,” he said.
“If you gain to Morocco, where every little thing comes to gentle, there is repeatedly an absence of time, and on high of that it be necessary to multiply it by two-three cases, because that is a big disaster, with a exclusive technology within the Dakar, which makes it powerful extra complicated.”
Audi had in the initiating deliberate to contest the Morocco Rally on October 8-13 to put collectively for the Dakar Rally, but it later chose to shelve these plans in favour of extra making an strive out.
It has the likelihood of taking segment within the Ha’il Global Rally on December 6-11, but it’ll depend on how the 2nd spherical of checks in Morocco pan out, apart from to the logistics fascinated with transport vehicles and tools to Saudi Arabia in much less than a month’s time for Dakar in January.