Audi will develop a new SUV to participate in the "Dakar"
Audi will develop an electric-powered off-road racing vehicle that will be used by the German brand's factory team to participate in the Dakar Rally in 2023. The first teaser of the new car was published by the press service of the automaker.
Despite the fact that the car in the picture is covered with a blanket, it is a classic sports prototype with a streamlined body characteristic of the Dakar. In addition, the image shows high ground clearance and large "toothy" tires.
Audi is still giving a few details about the future novelty. However, it is known that the SUV will not be an electric vehicle, but a hybrid. The prototype will be driven by electric units, but a compact gasoline turbo engine will act as a generator to recharge the batteries while driving.
Audi will withdraw from the Formula E electric car championship and focus on the Dakar. The rally-marathon will become a kind of platform where the company will be able to test various electrical technologies that can subsequently be used on "civilian" cars.
The Germans had already experimented with electric high-mobility vehicles. For example, in the fall of 2019, Audi unveiled an electric concept SUV called the Al: Trail at the Frankfurt Motor Show, designed to give an idea of the "green" car for extreme long-distance travel.