Audi has its sights set on a lofty (quite literally) goal – driving on the moon.
Audi is working with a team of scientists to build an unmanned rover that will successfully traverse the landscape of our moon. Audi is supporting the team of scientists with its knowhow in lightweight construction and electric mobility, with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and with piloted driving. The lunar vehicle will not be, as I’m sure you’re surprised to know, like other Audi vehicles driving along the highways of planet earth. The moon vehicle, which is mostly made of aluminum, is expected to have a maximum speed of 3.6 kilometers-per-hour. Although it won’t be a fast vehicle, the lunar mobile is expected to be able to easily handle the rugged terrain of the moon. The lunar module will be powered by solar energy. An adjustable solar panel will capture sunlight to generate electricity, which will be transmitted to a lithium-ion battery that powers the four wheel hub motors.
The lunar expedition is expected to happen sometime in 2017. But until then, if you’re looking to traverse the terrain of earth, check out the new 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Prestige SUV, which can be found here at Audi of Nashua. The subcompact crossover model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque that is more than capable of handling the rough terrain of urban and suburban life. The model can go from zero to 60 in about seven seconds.
While Audi shoots for the moon, you can set your sights on the 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Prestige SUV for your own driving adventures.