Friday, May 20, 2022

Double premiere: Audi and Ducati inspire at offroad event

With its black, gray and red livery, the DesertX picked up the graphics that stylize the advanced technology of the Audi RS Q e-tron on its body. The desert rally prototype with the four rings embodies pure efficiency. The innovative electric drive of the RS Q e-tron with high-voltage batteries and energy converter pushes the limits of what is possible. It made its debut at the Dakar Rally in January and impressed with four stage victories. In March, the car achieved its first overall victory at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Danilo Petrucci, who rides for Ducati in the MotoAmerica Superbike Series, is a former MotoGP winner and competed in his first Dakar Rally in 2022. Riding in the car with Carlos Sainz fascinated the seasoned pro. “It’s a dream come true for me, because already as a child I was a fan of Carlos Sainz,” said the Italian. “You can’t describe the feeling in the cockpit. I didn’t expect the RS Q e-tron to be so fast off-road. Its technology shows the way to the future of the automobile.”

Audi factory driver Carlos Sainz underlined the importance of the model for the brand’s factory motorsport program. “What Audi has achieved with this concept is technically unique and a real benefit for us drivers,” said the Spaniard. “The event in Sardinia was great to communicate the benefits of the electric drive. All the media were impressed throughout.” Sainz has won the Dakar Rally three times and was the first stage winner in the RS Q e-tron. Like his Audi teammates, the two-time World Rally Champion was a sought-after contact at the joint appearance in Sardinia with which Audi and Ducati set a milestone.

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