Audi earlier announced it was working on lunar rover and now Audi lunar quattro is ready to tackle one of the most difficult terrains of Moon. It has shed eight kilograms in weight and at the same time also gaining Audi e-tron power. The lunar vehicle is developed in association with a German space travel team “Part-Time Scientists” and Audi.
Part-Time Scientists announced at Audi City in Berlin that it plans to complete the 385,000 km trip to the Moon from the end of 2017 using a launcher booked with Spaceflight Inc. Both the companies announced their partnership in early 2015 to their technological expertise of both partners together in getting a rover to travel about on the Moon, under the auspices of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, where a group of 16 Audi experts has since been supporting the Part-Time Scientists with expertise in a large number of technical areas and optimizing the rover for the lunar mission.
Speaking on this, Michael Schöffmann, Head of Audi Transmission Development and Development Coordinator of the Audi lunar Quattro remarked, “We are proud that we have given the moon rover important aspects of the four rings’ DNA: It is a quattro, has an e-tron battery on board, drives in piloted mode and offers an intelligent mix of materials. The collaboration with the Part-Time scientists is also very enriching for us: We are breaking new technological ground with the Audi lunar quattro and can learn much about how automotive components behave in extreme conditions.”
Audi’s experts have been working on the rover’s intelligent all-wheel-drive power distribution, optimizing its high-performance electronics and contributing their piloted driving expertise to the development process. Moreover, to boost stability and increase the contact surface, the engineers and designers enlarged the rover and its wheels and also reduced its weight from 38 to 30 kilograms by constructing with a mix of materials and using aluminium 3D printing.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is worth more than USD 30 million and is a space travel competition aimed at engineers and entrepreneurs worldwide. To win this competition, a private team must get a rover on the moon and drive it at least for 500 meters and should also send high-resolution pictures back to earth.