Dakar 2023: here is the technology on the Audi RS Q e-tron E2

Dakar 2023: here is the technology on the Audi RS Q e-tron E2


In addition to the changes applied to aerodynamics, the German company has also made improvements to the interior of the car. New screens, switches and triple crew settings

Significant changes applied to the bodywork, determined to be thinner than the previous version (compared to the increase in the minimum weight of the car which, from 2023, cannot be less than 2,100 kg, editor’s note), have led to a significant increase in the available space on board of Rs Q e-tron E2. More resources that, considering the Dakar 2023, Audi has decided to use to further improve the technological equipment on board the model. And if, on the one hand, the house with the Four Rings has decided to confirm the display used in 2022, in which two additional screens have been added to the base of the windshield with information on the direction of travel and the compass, on the other the hand of engineers has led to the simplification of control management. “The total of all 24 features available is quickly confusing,” emphasizes Florian Semlinger, software development engineer, software and test bench for the German multinational. “That’s why, for the first time, we’ve given the pilot and navigator a choice of four system zones using a rotary selector.”

4 settings and 24 features

Audi RS Q e-tron E2 has, on the screen in the center of the dashboard, a real “thermometer” capable of reporting more information on the condition of the car in real time. A little lower, as already mentioned, there is a panel with a row of switches that allow the staff to manage up to 24 different functions. A high-tech device that was developed in recent months with the aim of improving the amazing results obtained in 2022, when the team led by Rolf Michl (in collaboration with Sven Quandt, owner of Q Motorsport) managed to get a good four stages. success. It is no coincidence that, during the preparations made in view of the 2023 edition of the most famous rally in the world, the drivers (Mattias Eksström, Stéphane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz) and their sailors (Emil Bergkvist, Edouard Boulanger). and Lucas Cruz) of the German company have been properly trained in order to make full use of all these innovations. Starting with parts Internal training, which is used in 14 laps (for a total of 4,706 kilometers against the clock) and which has all the essential functions of a sports car. In addition to the competitive environment, the speed limit of the parts known by the controls and limits and the air jack is also part of this condition. Choice is also very important for the three standard bearers of the Audi team Road, which is mainly used during transfers. Imagine direction indicators, which allow the car to “juggle” in traffic, or an on-board reversing camera. Also worth noting is the function of the key Error which is used to detect, classify and list all errors detected during the trip. Audi’s care and attention to detail ultimately led to the creation of the layout Settings which includes everything that is necessary for the engineering team during the preparatory tests for the competition or following the arrival of the vehicle at the bivouac. In this way, under the tents of the German team, it is possible to quickly examine the deep temperature of individual systems.