Discovering space is a work in progress. With the help of technology, we are discovering more and more parts of our solar system. However, one of the elements that will never cease to fascinate us is the Moon. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition that aims to bring an unmanned rover to the moon. AUDI has decided to give it a shot and partnered with German engineering group Part-Time Scientists to create the Audi Lunar Quattro.
In order to win the $30 million prize several requirements must be met. A privately funded team has to land its robot on the Moon and drive at least 500m. The images of this feat must be recorded and transmitted back to Earth. Although, Part-Time Scientist are designing the rover independently, AUDI is planning on contributing to the development work. The company will leave its imprint on several elements such as lightweight construction, electric mobility and piloted driving. Moreover, they will also give the Audi Lunar Quattro a restyle at their Munich studio.
“Because of conditions on the moon, we must intensively rethink every design detail, even the smallest of details. It is not simply elegance that counts here, but primarily the effectiveness of the rover. The design must serve the purpose of driving on the moon, but it must also express the familiar aesthetics that are expected of an Audi,” the company explained.
The vehicle generates its own energy through the use of solar panels that power up a lithium-ion battery pack. The Audi Lunar Quattro will be launched to the moon in 2017. The trip is expected to last five days and the rover will land near the landing site of the last manned moon mission.
Fifteen teams from 15 countries such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hungary, Japan, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, and the United States have made it to the last stage of the competition. Do you think the Audi Lunar Quattro has a chance to win?
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