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In anticipation of its third appearance at the Dakar Rally, Audi has once again upgraded the RS Q e-tron rally prototype, featuring its cutting-edge electric drivetrain equipped with a high-voltage battery and energy converter. The driver crews, including Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger, and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, are set to benefit from numerous improvements in various aspects.
As the rally unfolds in January 2024, Audi aims to showcase the full potential of the RS Q e-tron, building on past successes that include six stage victories and 22 podium results since 2022. Rolf Michl, Head of Audi Motorsport, emphasizes the goal of delivering consistent performance to compete for top positions. Reflecting on previous Dakar Rallies, Audi Sport has identified areas for improvement and established clear priorities for further development, led by the project’s new Technical Director, Dr. Leonardo Pascali.
Safety: Elevating Standards
Addressing safety concerns following accidents at the 2023 Dakar Rally, Audi has focused on reducing peak vertical acceleration during landings after significant jumps. Dr. Pascali highlights adjustments to springs, dampers, and the chassis’s bump stop to better distribute loads over time, ensuring optimal control of the platform. Additional measures include enhancements to the foam in the seats, designed to distribute loads over a more extended period and reduce peak loads. The CFRP crash box at the front end of the chassis now offers increased absorption of energy during frontal impacts, enhancing overall safety.
Reliability: Fine-Tuning Details
While the RS Q e-tron demonstrated reliability in its first Dakar Rally in 2022, the focus on reliability now extends to optimizing details. Previous challenges, such as stones causing damage between the rim bed, brake disc, and upright, have been addressed with new fastening elements for increased clearance. The use of more robust rims and stronger sidewalls in the tires adds durability, contributing to improved overall reliability.
Comfort: Enhancing the Driving Experience
Acknowledging the importance of driver and co-driver well-being, Audi engineers have optimized acoustic shielding and cockpit sealing. A modified front bonnet helps repel mud and water more effectively, keeping the windshield cleaner and enhancing overall comfort for the experienced driving teams.
Performance: Comprehensive Improvements
The pursuit of enhanced competitiveness within regulations prompted a thorough examination of various aspects, from chassis to software and body to the electric drivetrain. Collaboration on shock absorbers and springs resulted in a refined setup, while optimizations in component weight, including the rear bonnet, smaller brake calipers, and the co-driver’s footrest, aim to bring the RS Q e-tron closer to the minimum weight limit of 2,100 kilograms. Regulation changes increase the electric motor’s output to 286 kW as of January 2024, providing Audi with a performance edge.
Maintenance Times: Streamlining Operations
In a bid for efficiency, Audi Sport has simplified daily maintenance tasks during rally events. Practical innovations include modified bolted connections, improved tool holders, optimized filling cap devices, new locking solutions, and a shift to bolted connections instead of glued ones. These improvements contribute to faster and more straightforward servicing, ensuring the team is well-prepared for the challenges of the Dakar Rally.
Rolf Michl, Head of Motorsport, expresses confidence in the team’s creative solutions, stating, “Our engineering team has improved the RS Q e-tron even further with many imaginative solutions. Drivers, co-drivers, mechanics, and engineers will all benefit from these innovations, and we feel well-prepared for the Dakar Rally.” Audi has diligently incorporated these changes throughout the year, conducting thorough testing to guarantee their effectiveness in time for the 2024 Dakar Rally.
Team Audi Sport has successfully completed the final test for the Audi RS Q e-tron in the south of France, marking the last major assessment before the 2024 Dakar Rally. The three Audi driver crews, consisting of Mattias Ekström/Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger, and Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, conducted the last fine-tuning to enhance the endurance of all components. During the five-day test at Château de Lastours, the crews covered a total distance exceeding 900 kilometers.
Rolf Michl, Head of Audi Motorsport, expressed satisfaction with the development tasks completed, emphasizing the team’s concentration on logistical preparations for January. Michl acknowledged the challenging nature of the Dakar Rally and extended gratitude to the entire team, drivers, and co-drivers for their dedicated work.
Led by Technical Director Dr. Leonardo Pascali, the engineers focused on confirming quality standards for the innovative Audi RS Q e-tron, known for its electric drivetrain with a high-voltage battery and energy converter. The endurance tests at the French Mediterranean coast verified the efficiency and low-emission concept of the vehicle. Pascali highlighted the ideal logistical advantages of the test location and emphasized meeting specified quality standards for all components.
Sven Quandt, Team Principal of Q Motorsport, praised the collaborative efforts of drivers and engineers, ensuring the cars were thoroughly tested for the Dakar Rally. The drivers, Carlos, Mattias, and Stéphane, expressed satisfaction with the RS Q e-tron’s performance, instilling confidence as the team approaches the Dakar Rally with a sense of excitement and peace of mind. Quandt commended the team’s unity, purposeful approach, and consistency, further boosting confidence for the upcoming Dakar Rally.
Audi is reliably zeroing in on the jolt of its model reach in China too. With the Audi-FAW NEV Company Ltd., Audi is laying out steps to arrive at extending the neighborhood e-item portfolio, fabricating another plant for completely electric Audi models utilizing the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). As of late, the organization together established by Audi and its accomplice FAW has accomplished another achievement: After extraordinary arrangements and fruitful endorsement by the Chinese specialists, development is set to start on the new plant in Changchun. The site has a creation limit of in excess of 150,000 electric vehicles every year – also, creation will be CO2 unbiased and completely associated.
“The Audi-FAW NEV Company will assume a focal part in our jolt methodology in China. We are eager to have accomplished one more significant achievement in the acknowledgment of this undertaking alongside our accomplice FAW. Presently we can focus on the kept setting-up of the organization as well as start with development on the new plant,” says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. New plant sets guidelines in Audi creation organization
On an area of around 150 hectares, an exceptionally current plant for completely electric Audi models will be developed before the finish of 2024. “As the most up to date Audi creation site, the plant will set new principles in digitalization, effectiveness, and maintainability. By setting up the new Audi-FAW NEV Company, we will carry a new charge to e-portability in China,” says Jürgen Unser, President of Audi China. A totally new IT engineering will be established to arrange all site processes. The cross-site natural program Mission:Zero sets the boundaries for supportability, guaranteeing creation at the Changchun site will be CO2 impartial and completely associated. Creation regions at the plant will incorporate a press shop, body development, paint shop, and last sequential construction system notwithstanding an in-house battery get together. The primary structures will be raised in Changchun when the ice time frame closes. First all-electric plant for the brand with the Four Rings in China
The new plant in Changchun will be the primary creation site in China where just all-electric Audi models roll of the line. With a yearly limit of in excess of 150,000 vehicles, the manufacturing plant will assume a focal part in the proceeded with zap of Audi’s item portfolio for the Chinese market. Three models are at first scheduled for creation at the site on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) codeveloped with Porsche. The primary vehicles to move off the line will be an electric SUV and an e-limousine.
The Audi-FAW NEV Company is the main participation organization with a larger part interest held by Audi in China. President Helmut Stettner will likewise accept the board of the new plant.
From 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, up to 290 km/h maximum velocity, RS Torque Splitter, semi slicks, and explicit RS driving modes – the new Audi RS 3 offers driving elements of the greatest type and the best numbers in its section. Outfitted with a 294 kW (400 PS) five-chamber, the superior motor conveys fast speed increase with a profoundly inebriating sound. The force unit presently conveys 500 Nm of force and reacts much quicker. Outwardly, the RS 3 exhibits its energetic DNA with a broadened body, RS sports fumes framework, and cockpit shows like those found in race vehicles.
“With the third era of the Audi RS 3 Sportback and the second era of the Audi RS 3 Sedan, we currently offer premium games vehicles that are reasonable for ordinary use and similarly exciting to drive on open streets and courses,” says Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “They address the passage point into our RS world and, gratitude to the force splitter, a definitive in exceptional execution in the minimal section.”
Unrivaled speed increase and maximum velocity: the 2.5 TFSI
With its five-chamber, superior motor, the Audi RS 3 is exceptional in the fragment. The 2.5 TFSI has won the “Worldwide Engine of the Year” grant multiple times in succession. In the most recent age of the minimized games vehicle, the motor is presently more remarkable than any other time. The new RS 3 models run from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. Their maximum velocity is restricted to 250 km/h, yet 280 km/h is additionally accessible as a discretionary update. With the RS Dynamic bundle and ceramic brakes, they can even arrive at a maximum velocity of 290 km/h. This makes the Audi RS 3 the best in its group as far as speed increase and maximum velocity. This is basically because of the 500 Nm expansion in force, which is accessible somewhere in the range of 2,250 and 5,600 rpm. That is equivalent to 20 Nm more than its archetype. Accordingly, the Audi RS 3 speeds up significantly quicker from low fire up ranges.
The motor’s most extreme force of 294 kW (400 PS) is accessible sooner than before at 5,600 rpm and reaches out over a wide level to 7,000 rpm. Another motor control unit additionally speeds up at which the entirety of the drive segments speak with one another.
A seven-speed double grip transmission is the thing that puts the force of the five-chamber motor to the asphalt – with short changing occasions and a sportier gear proportion spread. The motor’s novel 1‑2‑4‑5-3 start succession and the exceptional sound that accompanies it make the driving experience substantially more invigorating. Interestingly, the exhaust framework includes a completely factor fold control framework that supports middle of the road positions, in this way widening the sound qualities considerably further. It very well may be changed through the driving elements framework Audi drive select. In the Dynamic and RS Performance modes, for instance, the folds open significantly sooner – the enthusiastic components of the sound are considerably more articulated. Moreover, the indisputable sound of the five-chamber motor is additionally upgraded by the discretionary RS sports exhaust framework.
Greatest readiness: RS Torque Splitter and explicit RS 3 modes
The new Audi RS 3 is the principal Audi model that comes standard-furnished with a force splitter. It replaces the back pivot differential and the past numerous plate grip bundle on the back hub. All things considered, an electronically controlled numerous plate grasp is utilized on every one of the drive shafts. This guarantees that the perfect measure of force is ideally dispersed along the back pivot. During more powerful driving, the force splitter expands the drive force to the external back tire with the higher wheel load, which essentially decreases the inclination to understeer. In left-hand bends, it communicates the drive force to the right back tire, in right-hand bends to one side back tire, and when driving straight ahead to the two wheels.
The new innovation additionally makes controlled floats on shut off tracks conceivable – for this situation, the force splitter guides the entirety of the capacity to just one of the back tires, with up to 1,750 newton meters for every wheel imaginable. Audi even fostered a driving mode explicitly for the RS 3 for this reason – “RS Torque Rear” – as a float mode with its own trademark bend for the force splitter. The RS Performance mode, made explicitly for the circuit, is another at no other time seen development. It utilizes a particular motor and transmission setup and is correctly custom-made to the semi-smooth tires that are, for the absolute first time, accessible for the RS 3 as a manufacturing plant alternative. For this situation, the force splitter conveys an especially unique, energetic ride along the longitudinal hub with as little understeer and oversteer as could be expected. These modes can be chosen through the Audi drive select driving elements framework, which additionally offers the accompanying profiles: solace, auto, dynamic, RS Individual, and effectiveness.
More powerful ride with more prominent accuracy: RS sports suspension and bigger wheel camber
The standard RS sports suspension includes recently created safeguards and a valve framework both explicit to the RS 3. The valves guarantee that the safeguards display an especially touchy reaction as a feature of the bounce back and pressure qualities. This permits the suspension to react to the separate driving circumstance much quicker and all the more successfully. The RS sport suspension in addition to with versatile damper control is accessible as an alternative. It consistently and separately changes each safeguard to the street conditions, the driving circumstance, and the mode chose in Audi drive select. The three trademark bends agreeable, adjusted, and lively give an unmistakably noticeable spread of the safeguard attributes.
The bigger wheel camber, for example the wheels are calculated more toward the street, brings about a more exact guiding reaction and expanded cornering power. Contrasted with the Audi A3, the wheels on the front pivot of the new RS 3 have just shy of one level of extra bad camber. To accomplish this, the turn heading were altered and the lower wishbones were outfitted with stiffer course, subframes, and stabilizers. A back hub includes a four-connect plan with independent spring/damper course of action, subframe, and cylindrical stabilizer bar. The wheel transporters, which are stiffer than those of the Audi A3 and S3, assimilate the expanded sidelong powers produced by the force splitter. The negative wheel camber here is practically a large portion of a degree more contrasted with the A3. The RS‑specific reformist controlling changes the stuff proportion contingent upon the guiding point – as the guiding point expands, the stuff proportion decreases and guiding more straightforward. It additionally helps dependent on speed and can be fluctuated by means of Audi drive select. The arrangement of the springs and safeguards is uniquely hardened, and the body is ten millimeters lower than on the S3 and 25 millimeters lower than on the A3.
Another new expansion to the RS 3 is the particular vehicle elements regulator (mVDC). This focal framework catches information from every one of the parts pertinent to parallel elements, hence guaranteeing that they collaborate all the more unequivocally and all the more rapidly. The mVDC synchronizes the force splitter, versatile dampers, and wheel-particular force control for exact directing and taking care of. All things considered, it expands the vehicle’s spryness, particularly on winding streets.
Incredible deceleration: six-cylinder steel and clay slowing mechanism
The RS 3 comes standard-outfitted with bigger and recently created six-cylinder steel brakes to keep the force of the five-chamber motor under tight restraints. A ceramic stopping mechanism estimating 380 by 38 mm is alternatively accessible on the front pivot with a pedal trademark bend uniquely adjusted to the brake supporter. The superior stopping mechanism gauges another ten kilograms not exactly the steel brake. Its inside ventilated and penetrated circles measure 375 by 36 mm at the front and 310 by 22 mm at the back. This makes them bigger and more steady than in the past model. Air control components further develop the brakes’ cooling time by 20%. This all the more rapidly lessens top temperatures during hard slowing down while pedal feel stays as before. Moreover, it likewise lessens brake cushion wear, which are 15% bigger and without copper. The individuals who select the artistic brakes can pick between dim, red, or blue brake calipers. The individuals who lean toward the steel variant can arrange red calipers rather than the dark ones.
Expressive and obvious: outside and lighting
The plan of the new Audi RS 3 is much more unique and incredible than that of its archetype. Toward the front, the wide RS guard, the upgraded Singleframe with its unmistakable honeycomb grille, and the huge air admissions give the minimized games vehicle an expressive appearance. The RS 3 comes standard-outfitted with level, wedge-formed LED headlights and LED taillights including dynamic blinker lights. Framework LED headlights are accessible as an alternative, with obscured bezels that include computerized daytime running lights around their external downturned points. With its pixel field of 3 x 5 LED sections, it gives an indisputable look – a checkered banner shows up in the left front light as a unique leaving and getting back home scene, and the RS 3 lettering shows up on the driver’s side. When driving, the checkered banner lights up on the two sides.
There is likewise another plan component behind the front wheel curves: an eye-getting extra air outlet. The rocker boards with dark trim have likewise been overhauled and, in mix with the erupted wheel curves, add to the expressive look of the new RS 3. The front pivot track has been enlarged by 33 millimeters contrasted with the past model. On the Sportback, the back pivot track has expanded by ten millimeters. The RS 3 is standard-furnished with 19-inch cast wheels in a 10-Y talked plan. Genuine hustling configuration is exemplified by the alternatively accessible 5‑Y spokes with RS marking. Audi will likewise mount Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” execution semi-smooth tires interestingly, whenever wanted. The motorsports-propelled last little details incorporate the overhauled RS-explicit back guard with coordinated diffuser and the RS exhaust framework with two enormous oval tailpipes.
The new Audi RS 3 models can be requested in two select RS tones: Kyalami green and Kemora dark. The top of the Sedan can likewise be requested in the differentiating shading Brilliant dark interestingly. Singular outside highlights, for example, the honeycomb grille in the Singleframe, come standard in dark – either in a matte or serious shine finish. The Alu-Optic Trim bundle is accessible as an alternative and emphasizes the front guard, diffuser addition, and window trim. For a considerably sportier look, the rocker board trims are likewise accessible in carbon-fiber-supported polymer. The equivalent applies to the mirror covers, the back end spoiler on the Sedan and the rooftop edge spoiler on the Sportback.
Certifiable hustling feeling: the inside
In the inside, as well, numerous components explicit to the RS highlight its energy. The showcases show up in the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit furthermore, which comes standard. It shows the rpms as a structured presentation and shows force and force as rates. Alternatively, the rpm show is accessible in the new “RS Runway” plan. For this situation, the qualities are shown the other way in a way that outwardly looks like a plane runway – the most elevated speed in the frontal area and the least speed behind the scenes. Moreover, the Audi virtual cockpit in addition to incorporates shows for g‑forces, lap times and speed increase from 0‑100 km/h, 0-200 km/h, quarter mile, and eighth of a mile.
The RS-explicit flickering movement marker in manual transmission mode changes the rpm show from green to yellow to red, squinting in a way indistinguishable from that utilized in motorsports, to demonstrate the best an ideal opportunity to switch gears. The 10.1-inch contact show incorporates what is alluded to as the “RS Monitor,” which shows the coolant, motor, and transmission oil temperatures just as tire pressures. Additionally accessible interestingly for the Audi RS 3 is a head-up show that projects important data onto the windshield in the driver’s immediate view notwithstanding the shift light pointer.
The certifiable dashing inclination is additionally upgraded by the carbon-fiber instrument board and RS sport seats with RS decorating and anthracite contrast sewing. The seat upholstery is alternatively accessible in fine Nappa calfskin with RS honeycomb sewing and gleaming dark, red, or, interestingly, green differentiation sewing. RS Design bundles in red and green are accessible to coordinate. They incorporate unique floor mats with contrast sewing and RS weaving, just as safety belts with hued edges. The Design bundle in addition to incorporates seat corners in red or green and a hued complements on the air vents.
Everything leveled out: controlling wheel with 12 o’clock stripe and RS Mode button
The RS 3 is standard-outfitted with a three‑spoke RS Sport multifunctional calfskin directing wheel with a leveled base. It highlights worked in, top notch bite the dust cast zinc shift paddles. The individuals who pick the Design bundle get, notwithstanding the RS identification, a 12 o’clock stripe for quicker sign of the guiding wheel position during dynamic driving. Then again, a round RS directing wheel is accessible with involved discovery, for example capacitive hold acknowledgment, for helped controlling capacities. Both have the new RS Mode button on the right-hand guiding wheel talked in like manner. This catch can be utilized to choose the Audi drive select modes RS Performance, RS Individual, or the last mode utilized. In both RS modes, the presentation of the instruments and the head‑up show has a much sportier look with a flickering movement marker.
Accessibility: market dispatch and estimating
The Audi RS 3 Sportback and RS 3 Sedan will be accessible to arrange in Europe beginning in mid‑July 2021. The new RS 3 models will be dispatched in the fall of this current year. The base cost for the RS 3 Sportback is set at 60,000 euros, while the RS 3 Sedan is recorded at 62,000 euros.
During June, Audi will indeed be seriously selecting youngsters who fit the bill for college entrance or have finished a four year certification(The dual study program at Audi). Understudies and program facilitators from both the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm destinations will introduce data about the various double investigation projects and advancement openings at Audi in live-streamed talks. Significant for planned understudies: The application cutoff time for the colder time of year semester of 2022 as of now begins on June 21 and hurries to September 5, 2021.
“The automotive industry is undergoing transformation. In addition to quality and premium, we are now focusing on autonomous driving, electric mobility, services, and digitalization. These are important fields in which the dual study degree programs at Audi are preparing students for careers with a future”, says Marco Reich, Head of Audi Vocational Training and Coordination of Dual Study Programs.
Reich urges prospective students to “ask us questions.” “We’ll explain in which areas graduates can work for Audi, what entry-level opportunities are available, and, of course, other ways we can provide advice and support.” The appropriate responses will be introduced straightforwardly in the live streams on June 15, 16, and 17. Understudies and program facilitators from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm will report here on their encounters and will clarify how the double examination program at Audi works.
At the Ingolstadt site, Audi offers four year certification programs in collaboration with the college Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt (THI) in the fields of mechanical designing, business data frameworks, client experience plan, electrical designing and electric portability, electrical and data innovation just as airplane and vehicle informatics. Four year college education graduates can grow their logical and commonsense information with the double examination graduate degree programs in advanced mechanics – cognizance – knowledge, in Information innovation and in electrical designing for versatile frameworks. They will finish the hypothetical courses at the Technical University of Munich or at THI.
Audi consolidates hypothesis and practice at the Neckarsulm site in a degree program with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. Forthcoming understudies can pick between the degree programs in business informatics – information science, mechatronics – vehicle frameworks designing – electric versatility, electrical designing – vehicle hardware with attention on electric portability and elective drives just as mechanical designing – lightweight plan and advancement.