In September, Audi revealed its considerably upgraded electrical Dakar entry, the RS Q e-tron E2. This was adopted by a current announcement from the FIA World Rally-Raid Championship’s Committee that a stability of efficiency shift within the T1.U class for prototype vehicles utilizing renewable energies – which incorporates the RS Q e-tron E2 – will see entries granted an extra 15kW, which is believed to be price 21bhp.
Requested by Autosport if this made Audi the principle concern for the outright victory, Al Attiyah provided a blunt evaluation.
“Audi? I give them simply three days and they’re going to go residence, you noticed it in Morocco and Aragon after 100 kilometres,” he stated.
Regardless of claiming throughout the 2023 occasion that the organisers had been “killing the race early” by providing Audi extra energy, Al Attiyah has mellowed and added: “It is not my determination. Now we have to simply accept it as a result of the FIA has one other imaginative and prescient. We are going to see throughout the first three days that Audi shall be quick.”
Al Attiyah is in search of to defend his Dakar crown and safe a 3rd consecutive Touareg Trophy on this yr’s occasion.
The Dakar Rally caravan arrived on the first of the bivouacs for the 2024 version alongside a assured Al Attiyah, who’s in search of to defend the title he gained 12 months in the past and safe a sixth general crown.
The Qatari driver has modified colors between campaigns and can characterize Prodrive this time round earlier than the group turns into the manufacturing unit Dacia entry.
Photograph by: Prodrive
Nasser Al-Attiyah, Prodrive
The five-time Dakar Rally winner and reigning World Rally-Raid Championship champion defined: “The rationale I modified is as a result of I’ve a contract with Dacia for subsequent yr. It is going to be for 3 seasons with the group, so at the least we have now suggestions and I do know the folks, that is the explanation why I modified.”
Though Prodrive’s 2023 Dakar efforts had been severely hampered by poor reliability, Al Attiyah remained assured that his driving talent might keep away from such pitfalls.
“Should you have a look at Toyota’s monitor report, each automotive has had an issue, besides mine, as a result of the Dakar has its tips, and all of the vehicles are the identical,” he stated.
“Right now, if every single day you go to the utmost, you’ll have an issue, however you want to take into consideration all the pieces going to the restrict, it is not concerning the reliability of the Toyota or the Hunter, no.
“Should you have a look at the historical past of Toyota, we had greater than 15 vehicles in each version and all of them had setbacks, apart from mine. That is my secret, I can not let you know, I must hold it as a result of it is essential to deal with your automotive, to have a very good place and pace, in any other case, you’ll break it.”