Audi has now announced the main reasons for its withdrawal from Formula E to start the Dakar Rally programme.
The German manufacturer had announced in December 2020, at the same time as BMW, that they would be exiting the premier class of electric motorsport.
The reasoning: the Dakar Rally. Audi will enter the Dakar Rally because of the freedom it offers to develop new technologies. This is to push the development of electric motors and take it to the next level.
The team’s statement was brief: it was tempted by technical regulations that give the team full control over all design aspects of the electric car.
Unlike Formula E, where all teams must use special chassis and batteries from third-party manufacturers, the Dakar Rally offers more.
In addition to the Dakar Rally, Audi will also enter an LMDh car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The newly created cars in the WEC are “very appealing” for the German company.
Julius Seebach, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH, said: “Let’s put it this way: the key to success in Dakar is to have the best efficiency to make the stage and in this concept, it’s not only the battery it’s also the energy converter. The regulations for Dakar Rally are so flexible that we can develop basically the whole car. And the regulation in other series, like Formula E, is not that open as Dakar’s.”