Audi is undoubtedly a master of road surfaces, building cars that have conquered the gravel, snow and tarmac. Today the German car company is looking to take their technology further and quite literally out of this world.
The Audi Lunar Quattro rover will form an integral part of the Audi exploration team’s campaign for the Google Lunar Xprize. The group consists of a number of part-time scientists who are representing Germany amongst the top 15 teams that are still in the race from the original 25.
Given that moon dust is near impossible to drive on and is finer than any sand found on Earth, Audi’s expertise is paramount in taking out the stellar prize. The solar-powered rover is sponsored and technically assisted by Audi, packing lithium-ion battery power to its drive four hub motors.
It can reach a top speed of 3.5km/h but this isn’t the rover’s main priority. Manoeuvring over the most difficult terrain on the moon is, whilst reaching a range of 500 metres and transmitting HD video from its twin stereoscopic camera.
The Audi Lunar Quattro is set to launch via a rocket from Earth by the end of 2017.