It has shed eight kilograms in weight, while gaining Audi e-tron power. Following extensive tests, the “Audi lunar quattro” rover is ready to tackle one of the most difficult terrains of all in exploring the moon. As well as the development of the lunar vehicle, the mission has achieved another landmark: The German space travel team “Part-Time Scientists” has announced 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. As an early technology partner and ambassador of the Part-Time Scientists’ mission, Audi has been instrumental in generating extensive publicity for the project and bringing other strong partners on board.
“Audi and the German group of engineers announced their partnership in early 2015. Their common objective is to bring together the technological expertise of both partners in getting a rover to travel about on the Moon, under the auspices of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition,” the company said in a statement. A group of 16 Audi experts has since been supporting the Part-Time Scientists with expertise in a large number of technical areas and has optimised the rover for the lunar mission. Audi says it was able to contribute its quattro experience, knowledge of lightweight construction and expertise in e-tron and design in helping the Berlin team with the development of the unmanned lunar vehicle.