This Tesla Cybertruck-inspired moonracer is designed for exploration + fun on Tweel wheels!

While Mars remains the ultimate inhabitable destination for mankind, the moon’s surface is still unexplored. Rover missions to Mars have uncovered the secrets of the red planet, and to scout the moon’s jagged terrain, a designer envisions the Moonracer. An exploration vehicle that looks so much inspired by the Tesla Cybertruck with its sharp lines and the signature front and rear design. Of course to tread the toughest unknown terrain and hostile environment in case we humans dig for signs of life on still unexplored planets and their moons.

The tires on the NASA exploration vehicle by product design student Robin Mazánek are going to be the most vital, as they need to be ready for any adventure. Tweel airless tires developed by Michelin are going to be the ideal choice as they never get punctured or burst as the hub of the tire is connected to the rim via flexible polyurethane spokes that also double as shock absorbers for a smooth ride. Since the designer wants to take the Moonracer for more than just scientific exploration spin, the fun element comes in the form of moon bingo races – wherein the objective will be to discover something new. Logically this is still a pipedream until we start living on the moon, and time is on our side for such fun activities!

Robin gives a very light appeal to his rover design that has a very balanced weight distribution, much needed for the unfriendly terrains of foreign planets or moons. It looks made for two passengers on-board, and yes, the Tesla Cybertruck like element gives it that futuristic appeal.

Designer: Robin Mazánek

This Cybertruck-inspired Tesla Modular rover was designed for exploration missions on Mars!

Humans’ desire to set foot on another planet – even make it their home is not distant as visionaries like Elon Musk are headstrong about their goal of colonizing Mars in the next few decades. More than a pipedream, the foundation has been laid by NASA’s unmanned missions to the red planet – the freshest one being the landing of the Mars Perseverance rover. While rovers scout the planet’s surface for signs of water and other intricate details for future missions, here on planet earth, imaginative designers are letting loose their creative bits to show us what the future could be like.

This bug-like rover that looks like the big daddy of the compact Mars rovers that we have seen over the years is, in fact, a waste disposal vehicle for the harsh terrain of the red planet. Called the D25 Modular Rover, the design comes to the courtesy of Joshua Kotter, who has reimagined the shape and function of a vehicle to make it look like its tailormade for the jarred landscape and severe weather conditions of Mars. The three-part vehicle is made of the modular platform chassis that’s electrically driven, has a cabin crew module, and the main waste disposal module. While the first and second are a given surety on the vehicle, the waste disposal module can be swapped with other customizable modules depending on the need.

Joshua gives the modular rover a very upbeat character that’s bold with the NASA, Tesla, and SpaceX branding. The Cybertruck-like sharp aesthetic is apparent in the rover as it is made to scale abrasive terrain commonly found on the planet. The module could also be readied for any reconnaissance missions should an alien species decide to have the first rights on the planet. Who knows what the uncertain future holds for humanity as we are bound to encounter other life forms in the galaxy and our universe eventually. The D25 Modular Rover looks prepared for that eventuality!

Designer: Joshua Kotter

This space-rover was designed for manned missions on alien planets

Designed to explore the possibilities of extraterrestrial transportation and reconnaissance, the GURA® TERRA is a space-rover concept equipped to transport and sustain up to 6 crew members.

The GURA TERRA comes with a unique design that has an incredibly high ground-clearance and six wheels, mounted on flexible legs that provide a smooth ride on even the rockiest of terrain. To get its crew members from A to B, the GURA TERRA comes outfitted with the latest in navigation and imaging tech, including a sensor hub located on the top of the vehicle that observes everything, and special film-coated-glass panels on the front and sides that allow light to pass through into the cockpit filtering out any harmful rays. With a strategically placed entrance on the side, the GURA TERRA splits its internal cabin into a cockpit on the front, and a passenger-cabin at the back. The rover comes with its own “ASA” or Autonomous Self Awareness system which allows it to be aware of its positioning in 3D space, using external data collection from onboard sensors and satellite navigation – information that can help pilots when they’re operating the rover.

The rover operates using 6 individual high torque electro-motor systems located in each wheel. The wheels themselves are mounted on arms that allow you to control the rover’s ground clearance. Each individual arm can also rotate, raising and lowering the wheels when they come across uneven land, keeping the rover’s relative height maintained no matter the terrain. The rover even comes with anti-pneumatic wheels (airless tires) to minimize maintenance and mitigate any puncture risk.

Lastly, thanks to a modular architecture, maintenance and power-cell replacement are easy and safe. Drop-In structures allow entire body parts to be renewed and updated, and in the event of any malfunction or breakdown, vital life-support such as generators, air filters, and auxiliary power systems run on secondary power systems to ensure nominal function and crew-safety at all times.

Designer: Edon Guraziu