Audi says a better freedom to develop new applied sciences within the Dakar Rally was one of many key explanation why it give up Components E to area an electrical automobile within the rally-raid.
The German producer introduced in December that it will pull out of Components E on the finish of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, bringing an finish to a seven-season stint relationship again to the very starting of the championship in 2014.
The information coincided with Audi launching two new motorsport programmes: a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with an LMDh automobile and an electrical undertaking within the Dakar Rally.
At the moment, the Ingolstadt-based producer stopped wanting providing a full clarification behind its shock exit from the all-electric single-seater collection, merely stating in a press release that “Components E has accompanied the transformation part at Audi”.
Now, in a digital press convention with chosen media retailers together with Motorsport.com, Audi expanded on its determination to affix the Dakar, saying it was lured by a set of technical laws that gave it full management over all design facets of the electrical automobile.
This, it stated, was in stark distinction to Components E, the place all groups use spec chassis and batteries equipped by third-party producers, leaving them with restricted parts to develop on the powertrain.
“Let’s put it this manner: the important thing to success in Dakar is to have the perfect effectivity to make the stage and on this idea it isn’t solely the battery it is also the vitality converter,” stated Julius Seebach, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH.
“The laws for Dakar Rally are so versatile that we will develop mainly the entire automobile. And the regulation in different collection, like Components E, just isn’t that open as Dakar’s.”
Andreas Roos, Venture Chief Manufacturing facility Racing at Audi Sport, added: “We went this manner with the Dakar as a result of this enables us to have the total components, every little thing that’s wanted for the drivetrain, totally developed from Audi. So additionally the excessive voltage battery is developed by Audi.”
Audi Sport has joined forces with Q Motorsport, an organization created by X-raid group’s proprietor Sven Quandt. The German outfit manages the MINI 4x4s and buggies which have received the final two editions of the Dakar with Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel.
Each events have made it clear that it will likely be a joint effort and that the event and building of the automobile is already being carried out at Audi Sport’s facility in Neuburg an der Donau.
When requested if their collaboration might be much like Audi’s ultra-successful partnership with Joest Racing that yielded 11 wins on the Le Mans 24 Hours, Roos stated: “Sure, precisely. Additionally there we had [Joest] onboard from the start with their nice expertise in Le Mans. And from there we developed a extremely profitable and nice mixture to achieve success and this is similar manner we wish to do it.
“There are intelligent individuals within the group, intelligent drivers and once we get all of this collectively we are going to get the utmost out of it. That is our aim”.
Quandt added: “This can be a actually joint effort between all of us, in any other case it won’t be attainable, with out the large engineering information from Audi this won’t be attainable.
“And clearly we attempt to hit as a lot as attainable from our information to make a extremely good automobile collectively. But it surely’s a brilliant tremendous mixed effort, we’re working in a single path and that makes a brilliant difficult however fascinating undertaking.”
Dakar Rally promoter Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) made it clear throughout this January’s occasion that it’s betting on hybrid and electrical applied sciences within the short-to-mid future, with the last word aim of switching to hydrogen propulsion racing by 2030.
This multi-stage plan will begin with another vitality class for vehicles and vans as early because the 2022 version. ASO has promised to adapt the sporting laws to steadiness efficiency so that each one kinds of automobiles will be equally aggressive.
The second part will start in 2026 when all elite rivals (i.e. the highest groups and drivers) in vehicles and vans might be required to compete with automobiles “that meet the brand new normal, which can set very low emissions”.
The final and most bold stage is about for 2030, which can embody each automobile and truck of their respective classes.