Throughout testing, the RS Q e-tron endured excessive temperatures of over 100 levels Fahrenheit. Sandstorms additionally made the situations much more difficult, pushing the electrical SUV’s parts to the restrict. Because the RS Q e-tron had not been examined in these situations earlier than, the excessive temperatures prompted new issues the workforce was not anticipating that wanted to be fastened, resulting in interruptions.
“We anticipate a lot decrease temperatures on the Dakar Rally,” mentioned Andreas Roos, accountable for manufacturing facility motorsport initiatives at Audi Sport. “However, we intentionally went to Morocco to check our idea underneath essentially the most excessive situations. Elements such because the MGU, for instance, have been principally not developed to be used in such excessive ambient temperatures, however the drivetrain and different parts have been additionally pushed to their limits and even past by the warmth. The insights we gained in Morocco are invaluable, however additionally they present us that we nonetheless have so much to do earlier than the Dakar Rally and there may be not a lot time left.”