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The Audi RS Q e-tron has proven itself by completing an eight-day gravel section endurance test in the sweltering heat of Spain.

10 Aug 2021 | International News : Spain

The Audi RS Q e-tron has completed an eight-day endurance test in the sweltering heat of Spain, on gravel sections of the kind typically used in cross-country rallies.

The roll-out in Neuburg an der Donau on 30 June 20201 was an initial functional check for the innovative rally car. A test in the area of Magdeburg in mid-July was focused on gathering initial experiences on unpaved ground. Now the first test in realistic conditions followed at a test area near the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

The three driver teams were obviously impressed with the handling and reliability of the futuristic SUV on the fast gravel sections. "For a first test in proper conditions for the car I'm really happy how the car behaves already," said Carlos Sainz on behalf of his fellow drivers. "I had a really good feeling straight away. Of course, there is fine-tuning to be done - but the starting point is good."

On the 16.9km-long gravel sections, the Audi RS Q e-tron achieved a top speed of 180km/h. In addition, temperatures of up to 34 degrees Celsius in the shade marked an initial litmus test for the cooling concept of the complex vehicle.

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