All Audi Sport drivers and co-drivers are positively stunned by the decrease weight of the prototype with an electrical drive. “Not only the weight, but also its distribution is more favorable now,” stories 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 continues to be a newcomer to off-road rallying after a profitable profession on the circuit and in rallycross, contributes his information whereas benefiting from the information fringe of the two Dakar winners in the workforce. “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 in no way solely had the situations for the drivers in thoughts throughout their work. The three co-drivers additionally profit from an optimized working atmosphere. “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 provides: “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, one other side 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 accomplished a complete of 4,218 kilometers in Morocco. Together with the earlier assessments in Europe, this already ends in a complete distance of 6,424 kilometers for the Audi RS Q e-tron E2. However, the workforce has no time for a break: In lower than two weeks, the second evolution of the rally prototype will expertise its baptism of fireside. Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz contest the Morocco Rally in the southwest of the nation from October 1 to six. With its various terrain, it’s thought of the ultimate occasion to arrange for the Dakar Rally.