The Audi lunar quattro is ready for take-off, with the German company announcing its plans for the rover to complete its mission to the moon in late 2017.

First revealed in 2015, the Audi lunar quattro is teaming up with German space travel team 'Part-Time Scientist' as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.

Since the original announcement, the lunar quattro has shed eight kilograms in weight, and added Audi e-tron power to its repertoire.

PASSION - MISSION TO MOON Moon yearning – Robert Böhme and his colleagues Jürgen Brandner and Karsten Becker are the brains behind a group now consisting of 35 engineers working on making the dream of a moon landing come true.

Using four on-board cameras, the Audi lunar quattro will examine objects on the moon, while also taking three-dimensional and 360-degree images.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition is worth more than US$30 million ($40.1 million), and is a space travel competition aimed at engineers and entrepreneurs around the world.

In order to win the contest, a private team must get a rover to the moon, drive it at least 500m and send high-resolution images back to earth.

MISSION TO THE MOON Audi lunar quattro Top speed 3.6 km/h – The Audi lunar quattro, the moon rover.

From an original field of nearly 30 entrants, Audi and the Part-Time Scientists are one of five leading teams in the race.