The RS Q e-tron is a special purpose tool built specifically to win the Dakar Rally, famous for its long stages of up to 800 kilometers a day. With today’s battery capacity purely electrically this would still be an impossible challenge, a range-boosting petrol engine has also been put on board.

The car is 4.5 meters long, 2.3 meters wide and 1.95 meters high, with a gigantic air intake at the top.

It also has three electric motors, but you will only be able to do long distances by burning petrol. For this, the 2.0-liter racing engine used in the DTM racing car will be fitted with a 295-liter petrol tank. The four-cylinder engine operates as a combo generator in the speed range of 4500-6000 rpm and continuously charges the 370 kg battery with a capacity of 50 kWh.

There will also be an electric monster at next year’s Dakar Rally 2

The all-wheel-drive monster has a system output of 680 horsepower, the wheels are powered directly by an electric motor developed exclusively for this year’s Formula-E series e-tron FE07 racing car, one at a time from front to rear. A third electric motor of the same type is connected to the gasoline engine and acts as a generator.

There will also be an electric monster at next year’s Dakar Rally 3

The 2022 Dakar Rally field will start from Hail, Saudi Arabia on the second of January, with the riders reaching the finish line on 14 January in Jeddah.

There will also be an electric monster at next year’s Dakar Rally 4