[E Group Overseas Report] The most powerful off-road vehicle on the surface is definitely not a Land Cruiser, but it must be the most reliable. Since the launch of the BJ series in the 1950s, the Land Cruiser has become the most trusted off-road vehicle, which is indeed the glory of Toyota. However, it seems that Toyota does not intend to stop at building a Land Cruiser on Earth, and recently, Toyota has expanded its focus to the moon.
Recently, Toyota has cooperated with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to enter the stage of developing a lunar rover. It is reported that Toyota has reached an agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA to develop a new lunar rover for the latter. With the release of the information, the concept map of Toyota’s lunar rover was also released a few days ago.
From the concept map, if it is not because of the layout of the six-wheel drive, it is really easy to have a certain cognitive connection with the land cruiser on the earth. The shape of the front face adopts features similar to those of the FJ Cruiser, and the car logo also adopts the traditional TOYOTA logo. The shape of the whole vehicle is a typical van structure, and the compartment is a pressurized cabin for manning. According to Toyota’s official information, the lunar rover has a body length of 6 meters and a compartment volume of 13 cubic meters. It can accommodate two astronauts and their equipment, and four astronauts can be accommodated in the car in an emergency.
In terms of power, Toyota believes that fuel cell technology can help the lunar rover achieve a cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometers, which is enough for it to walk around the lunar equator. At the same time, the side of the body also provides a retractable solar panel and a flying-wing compartment opening method for quick replacement of the fuel cell tank. The wheel adopts the structure of wheel motor and steel wire tire to meet the needs of outer space.
Of course, this is just a concept at present, but judging from the cooperation between Toyota and the Japanese Aerospace Agency, Japan’s manned spaceflight project is also in full swing. As an automobile company, the ability to be involved in the development of the space field is enough to see the strength of Toyota’s technology. So, there is only one last question left, when will Toyota’s lunar cruiser go to the sky?
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