Audi has taken the wraps off the Lunar quattro which has been developed in collaboration with several German engineers known as the “Part-Time Scientists.” The specialty vehicle will compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is made mostly out of aluminum and has received a lithium-ion battery pack along with an adjustable solar panel. It’s powered by four electric motors and will be able to hit a top speed of 2.2 mph (3.6 km/h).
The Lunar quattro has received a pair of stereoscopic cameras along with a scientific camera which will serve as a tool to examine all of the materials found on the moon. It’s scheduled to head to the moon in 2017 and to get there it will have to travel for more than 236,121 miles (380,000 km). After reaching the moon, it will have to descend and land near the Apollo 17’s landing site.
To win Google’s Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million, the Audi Lunar quattro will have to land on the moon and travel for at least 1,640.4 feet (500 meters). Another condition that has to be met in order to obtain the grand prize is to send high definition video and audio content back to earth for further investigations to find out more about what happens on the moon.