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    Audi e-Rally 20quattro ore dei Laghi an electric podium only

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    The first edition of the Audi e-Rally 20quattro ore dei Laghi ended in Cortina, an innovative event for Italy that allowed – as it was organized in compliance with the International Sporting Code of the FIA ​​and under the regulatory aegis of the Automobile Club d’Italia – to bring 100% electric and 100% standard models to compete in a regularity test on an open road marked by special timed speed tests on closed circuits (in this case on ice).

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    The protagonists of the event, which lasted 24 hours without interruption and over a total length of 5,400 km traveled by the 6 cars, the Audi Q4 50 e-Tron Quattro and Audi RS e-Tron GT, powered exclusively by electricity. Six different teams competed for the final classification, to which the Q4 50 e-Tron Quattro and RS e-Tron GT were alternatively assigned, each made up of four media representatives and four professional drivers with the task of ‘tutors’ and navigators.

    After stage 8, which saw the cars arrive at the charging hub of the Hotel Savoia in Cortina. which was the nerve center of the Audi e-Rally 20quattro ore dei Laghi for two days, the final victory went to team number 1 (made up of Confalonieri-Pons; D’Angelo-Amaduzzi; Cerbai-Miele and Mauriello-Gulinelli) followed by number 6 (Cornicchia-Munari; Bambini-Gilardi; Petroni-Dallavilla and Rizzoli-Munari) and by number 2 (Silvuni-Bettanin; Dall’Ava-Gallo; Marcoli-Molinaro and Mambretti-Francia).
    Also significant were the victories in the special classifications relating to regularity (Cavicchi), energy efficiency (Dellisanti) and driving on icy circuits with the Audi Q4 50 e-Tron Quattro (Cerbai) and Audi RS e-Tron GT (Mauriello).
    The presence, with the ‘ban’ to get behind the wheel of cars, of great personalities of motorsport of today and yesterday, including Fabrizia Pons, the only woman to have won points both as a driver and as a co-driver in races of the World Rally Championship. But also Dario Cerrato, 5 times Italian Rally Champion, the former Formula 1 driver Giorgio Francia, the Rally champion Piero Liatti, with 140 races and 25 overall victories, the kart world champion Andrea Gilardi and many others. .

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    The sporting and technical balance sheet is more than positive, with the demonstration that electric propulsion – albeit requiring stages for quick recharges – is absolutely practicable even in the competitive field, as Formula E has shown for years and as Audi itself has reiterated with its debut. at the Dakar Rally of a first car dedicated to long races on desert tracks using in this case a petrol engine optimized as a range extender for electric engines.

    Source: Ansa

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