Audi is on a mission to prove its quattro technology is out of this world.

Teaming up with the Part-Time Scientists, Audi will have its technology represented in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition that will transport unmanned rovers to the moon. The German automaker is supporting the team with its knowledge of quattro all-wheel drive, lightweight construction, electric mobility and piloted driving. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a $30-million competition aimed to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs around the world to develop affordable ways to explore space with robots. In order to claim the grand prize, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and photos back to Earth.

Part-Time Scientists is the only German team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the team’s lunar vehicle has already been recognized during the course of the competition by a jury of aerospace experts with two Milestone prizes. In addition to supporting the team with its expertise, Audi will also offer wide-ranging assistance in testing, trials and quality assurance.

Called the Audi Lunar Quattro, the robot should launch into space in 2017 with a five-day trip to the moon.

“The concept of a privately financed mission to the moon is fascinating,” says Luca de Meo, Audi Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “And innovative ideas need supporters that promote them. We want to send a signal with our involvement with the Part‑Time Scientists and also motivate other partners to contribute their know‑how.” De Meo is presenting the partnership today at the international innovation forum Cannes Innovation Days.

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