It was developed in collaboration with a team of German engineers known as the “Part-Time Scientists” and will compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE in an attempt to win the big $30 million prize. In order to do so, the specialty vehicle will have to land on the moon successfully and then cover at least 500 meters of the moon’s surface and also provide high definition images and videos to Earth to be further analyzed by specialists in their attempt to find out more about what happens on the moon.
Getting back to the Audi lunar quattro at hand, it was constructed primarily from aluminum and comes with an adjustable solar panel as well as with a lithium-ion battery pack. It has been equipped with four electric motors that will grant the vehicle with a maximum speed of 3.6 kmph which is more than enough for the type of job it will be doing on the moon.
The engineers installed a couple of stereoscopic cameras along with a scientific camera to closely examine the materials that are going to be detected on the moon’s surface. The Audi lunar quattro will make the trip to the moon in 2017 and will have to travel for no less than 380,000 km. The vehicle will have to descend and land in the nearby vicinity of the Apollo 17 landing site built in 1972 and where temperatures fluctuate by up to 300 degrees Celsius.
As a cooperating partner, Audi will support the team by providing its expertise regarding e-mobility and lightweight construction, with piloted driving and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Moreover, Audi is also offering assistance in testing, trials and quality assurance while the Audi Concept Design Studio based in Munich, Germany will be putting the finishing touches on the vehicle to make sure everything goes smoothly.