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Racing doesn’t get more hostile than this year’s Dakar Marathon Stage

Audi’s Dakar campaign has got to the Marathon Stage. But what is it?

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If racing for two weeks across some of Saudia Arabia’s most treacherous and unforgiving landscape wasn’t hard enough, the 2023 Dakar Rally has reached one especially inhospitable corner the Rub’ al-Khali, or Empty Quarter. It is, quite literally, a sea of sand. And here they will face a two day ‘Marathon Stage’ where all outside assistance is also prohibited. Tests of four-wheeled endurance don’t get tougher than this.

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*This vehicle shown here is the Rally Dakar vehicle that is not available as a production model. Closed course, professional driver. Do not attempt. The Audi RS Q e-tron combines an electric drivetrain with an energy converter system comprising a TFSI engine and generator.

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