Since there is no way of recharging in the desert, the battery is recharged by a TFSI 4-cylinder direct injection turbocharged petrol engine derived from the DTM. This is not connected to the transmission and its only job is to produce the energy needed to power the electric motors.
At Dakar 2022, the three cars were put into the expert hands of Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Mattias Ekström who gave outstanding results: the Spaniard won the third and the eleventh stage, the Swede the eighth stage and the Frenchman the tenth stage. In the eighth stage the three Audis were first, second and fourth while in third stage they arrived first, third and fifth and in the tenth stage they limited themselves, so to speak, to obtaining the first and second place.
The performance of the Audi RS Q e-trons reinforces the conviction of those who believe that electric cars can compete on the same level as those powered by combustion engines whilst offering the advantage of being sustainable. However, abandoning the diesel and petrol engines used in racing still seems to be a long way off even if the issue is approached in two different ways.