Audi RS Q e-tron Drifts Alongside Ducati DesertX in Italy

Audi RS Q e-tron

Audi and Ducati join forces to unveil a common design to emphasize the synergy between the brand groups. The Audi RS Q e-tron demonstrates its extraordinary capabilities drifting alongside the motorcycle.

The Volkswagen automotive group has many sub-brands under its umbrella. As our avid readers must already know, this includes the Ingolstadt brand. However, for those unfamiliar with the two-wheeler industry, VW’s Italian subsidiary Lamborghini is also the parent company of Ducati Motor Holding. A group of lucky journalists recently got the opportunity to drive an Audi RS Q e-tron racer alongside a Ducati DesertX motorcycle in Sardinia, Italy.

The event was also the first time that journalists got to test both vehicles simultaneously. Both offerings now share a common design language that highlights the synergy between the brand groups. The test was conducted under the expert supervision of motorsport professionals from Audi and Ducati. Danilo Petrucci from Ducati was present to demonstrate the potential of the bike manufacturer’s Testastretta motor.

Audi’s Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz, along with Stéphane Peterhansel/Edouard Boulanger and Emil Bergkvist, also displayed the capability of the RS Q e-tron’s advanced technology by drifting the Dakar racer drifting alongside the Italian two-wheeler on gravel tracks.

Audi RS Q e-tron

Audi factory driver Carlos Sainz shared his thoughts on the RS Q e-tron.

“What Audi has achieved with this concept is technically unique and a real benefit for us drivers,” explains Sainz. He further adds, “The event in Sardinia was great to communicate the benefits of the electric drive. All the media were impressed throughout.”

A high-voltage battery pack powers the Audi RS Q e-tron. The Dakar racer’s innovative electric drive setup uses an energy converter that offers a maximum charging power of 220 kilowatts. The converter consists of a TFSI engine and motor generator units derived from the automaker’s e-tron FE07 Formula E racer. The electrified off-roader can accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in just 4.5 seconds on loose surfaces. The Audi RS Q e-tron can also hit a top speed of 106 mph. With four stage victories, RS Q e-tron made an exciting debut.

Danilo Petrucci also offered his insights on the experience. “It’s a dream come true for me, because already as a child I was a fan of Carlos Sainz,” said the Italian. “You can’t describe the feeling in the cockpit. I didn’t expect the RS Q e-tron to be so fast off-road. Its technology shows the way to the future of the automobile.”

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A 637 HP Electric Audi RS e-tron GT is Ken Block’s New Daily Driver

Audi RS e-tron GT

Ken Block’s latest acquisition is the electric-only Audi RS e-tron GT which sports a spectacular flat white paint job.

We were excited when Audi announced its electrification strategy. Even more so, when the Ingolstadt brand collaborated with Mr. Ken Block to develop Electrickhanna’s new hero car, the Audi S1 e-tron quattro Honnitron. In its most recent video, Ken Block‘s official YouTube channel offers an in-depth look at his new 637 HP electric Audi RS e-tron GT in its most recent video.

Furthermore, writer-producer Neil Cole also joins Block to present his exciting new EV. In addition to revealing his new daily driver, Block’s latest video also announces a new series called Ken Block’s Electric Fleet. The pièce de résistance of this RS e-tron GT is its signature flat white paint job. The car also rides on custom color-matching Rotiform wheels wrapped in Toyo sport tires. At the front, we find a pair of Rotiform Aerodiscs, whereas the rear rides on a couple of NGO rims.

Ken Block shared his thoughts on Audi’s work in the electric vehicle space. “Audi’s doing some amazing things with electric vehicles, not only with my new Gymkhana car, but racing into car, but also these production cars, they’re really taking this EV concept and really moving it very fast into the future,” said Block.

A 637 HP Electric Audi RS e-tron GT is Ken Block's New Daily Driver

Block also revealed that he plans to install a Toyo Celsius all-season tires on his new Audi RS e-tron GT for mountain driving.

“All of that science lab that racing and rallying has is all in here. The first time I ever heard of the term e-tron was the R18, Audi won the Le Mans 24 hours,” elaborates Cole. He further adds, “And all of that technology that they develop has gone into making everything in this, powertrains, everything smaller, cooler, more efficient, faster, and now you can drive it on the roads.”

Since Block’s Audi RS e-tron GT is all-electric, altitude and lack of oxygen will not impede its performance. The RS e-tron GT also happens to be the fastest RS on offer. A 93.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the dual electric motor drivetrain of the RS e-tron GT, which produces 637 HP of power and 830 lb-ft of peak torque with boost. As a result, Block’s new ride can hit 62 MPH from a complete standstill in under 3.6 seconds (in boost).

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805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

Powered by a 90kWh battery pack, the Quattro-inspired performance EV can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in just 2.8 seconds.

Audi Quattro was not just a motorsport legend but also an engineering masterpiece. The iconic four-wheel-drive sedan helped Audi earn its sporty credentials, and now German atelier E-Legend has unveiled a battery-powered reboot of the glorious rally racer. The German firm’s latest product is an ultra-exclusive high-performance EV which will get a limited-unit production run.

The company has revealed that only 30 examples of the E-Legend EL-1 will make it production, and each model will be hand-built. The car will be powered by a 90 kWh battery pack, which will send power to a tri-motor setup. According to company estimates, the EL1 will be capable of delivering a 280-mile all-electric range. In its most track-focused mode, the company reckons its high-performance EV will have enough power to lap the historic Nürburgring Nordschleife twice.

805 HP E-Legend EL1 is an Audi Quattro-Inspired Super EV

Coincidently, Tesla also employs a 90 kWh battery pack to power its Model S and Model X variants. E-legend claims that EL1’s powertrain will produce 805 HP (600 kilowatts) of maximum power and that the car will accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in just 2.8 seconds. The entire ensemble is expected to weigh just under 3704 lbs (1680 kgs), and the top speed of E-Legend EL1 is limited to around 158 MPH (approximately 255 kph).

A majority of E-Legend EL1’s specifications remain undisclosed at this point. For instance, the company has confirmed that EL1 will get a carbon fiber monocoque architecture, but the German brand has refrained from disclosing the origins of the said vehicle architecture. The same goes for the car’s powertrain, as the company has not revealed the origins of E-Legend EL1’s battery pack and electric motors.

The design of the original Audi Quattro has inspired several styling elements of the EL1, which include the vents that are found on the tip of the EV’s hood.  The car rides on a pair of 19-ich wheels upfront, and the rear axle gets 20-inch rims. E-Legend has also announced that it plans to introduce other rally-inspired models in the future, and customers can get their hands on a copy of EL1 for the price of 1.26 million (£914,400).

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Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

With prices starting at just under $45K, the Q4 e-tron is a competitively priced and good-looking alternative to VW ID.4, but carwow claims that it might be the best electric SUV on sale right now.

Audi’s all-new Q4 e-tron EV has a lot going for it, but carwow’s Mat Watson went a step further in his recent video and proclaimed that the Q4 e-tron might just be the best small electric SUV on sale. Last week, Watson got behind the wheel of Tesla’s flagship sedan to race an Audi RS e-tron GT, and predictably, the carwow presenter lost to Audi’s all-electric contender.

This week, Watson decided to play it safe and ditch the Model S, and instead of a race, the YouTuber offered a detailed review of Audi’s all-new electric-only SUV. There is no denying the fact that the all-new Audi Q4 e-tron is a striking piece of tech. The Q4 e-tron is a definitely major step up from VW’s ID.4 crossover in the premium features department, even though both offerings employ the same MEB vehicle architecture.

As it turns out, Watson agrees with our assessment. “Audi’s are all about the design really, and this is a good-looking car from the rear,” said Watson. He further added, “Overall though, I do think this car is quite a bit better looking than the Volkswagen ID.4, which it shares many of its parts with. That car (VW ID.4) just looks like a blob, whereas this has a bit more about it.”

Audi Q4 E-Tron Hailed As the Best Electric SUV

It was pretty much the same story inside the cabin as well. Audi Q4 e-tron’s interior offers plenty of space, and Watson claims that the battery-powered SUV feels even more spacious than the Audi Q3. The car also comes equipped with a wide range of creature comforts like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard.

“The inside of this Q4 is pretty nice, but then Audi always does nice interior designs doesn’t it. I like the shape of the dashboard the way it’s all angular, and there is different kinds of trims to help brighten things up,” said Watson.

The YouTuber also did a good job of pointing out some interesting features of the new Audi Q4 e-tron as part of carwow’s “Five or Nine things” segment, which makes Watson’s latest webisode an interesting watch. After reviewing the video, we find ourselves in complete agreement with Watson’s verdict: “Well, I reckon it’s the best small electric SUV you can buy.”

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