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Audi has teamed up with a handful of German engineers called the "Part-Time Scientists" to create the new lunar quattro.

Set to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, the lunar quattro is primarily constructed out of aluminum and features a lithium-ion battery as well as an adjustable solar panel.  The model also has four electric motors which enables it to have a theoretical top speed of 3.6 km/h (2.2 mph).  Last but not least, there's two stereoscopic cameras as well as a scientific camera that will be used to examine materials found on the lunar surface.

If everything goes according to plan, the lunar quattro will blast off into space in 2017 and travel more than 380,000 km (236,121 miles) to the moon.  It will then descend and land near the original Apollo 17 landing site which marked mankind's last visit to the moon.

In order to win the $30 (€26.7) million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the lunar quattro will have to successfully land on the moon and explore at least 500 meters (1,640.4 feet) of the lunar surface.  The team will also have to transmit high definition video and images back to Earth.

Gallery: Audi lunar quattro unveiled, will attempt to land on the moon in 2017

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