Audi fans will have something to look forward to in the upcoming Ridley Scott’s sci-fi Alien: Covenant. The German car-maker has developed a moon rover called the Audi lunar quattro, which will be seen in the Alien franchise. While it will soon embark on an actual mission to space, before that it will help the crew in Alien: Covenant navigate the challenging and unknown terrain of a new planet.
Incorporating the Audi lunar quattro into the film is part of the collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and Audi. “The Alien franchise is the best way to garner suitable attention for the moon rover. It will showcase our intelligent technologies in a visionary environment,” said Giovanni Perosino, vice-president, International Marketing Communication at Audi.
The Audi lunar quattro is preparing for an actual mission to the Moon. Since 2015, the company has worked with a team led by Robert Böhme, founder and CEO of Part-Time Scientists, on developing the rover. Audi experts have supported the Berlin-based start-up, in particular with the company’s all-wheel drive expertise (quattro technology), lightweight construction, experience in developing vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid motors (e-tron), and with design optimisation.
As a result, the developers have managed to reduce the weight of the explorer to just 30kg. The Audi lunar quattro is 85% aluminium and produced by a 3D printer. A pivoting solar panel supplies the rover with energy, and it navigates using the quattro drive technology and the e-tron motor. The moon launch is set for the end of 2017.