Fahrmitgas Moonlander: Drive Me to the Moon
The company from Rodermark, Germany, also creates from time to time individual concepts for special models or occasions, as with this particular case. The German company decided to create something that would commemorate mankind's achievement (questionable to some) of landing on the moon. So, they took a Chevrolet Captiva and equipped it with a a dual-mode engine that operates either on gasoline or LPG.
In LPG mode, the Moonlander achieves fuel-cost savings of more than 50%, but that is subject to national LPG prices, which in Germany seem to be very convenient... for the moment. Fahrmitgas has prepared two versions of the Captiva-based Moonlander, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 136 hp/100 kW with front wheel drive and the 3.2-liter V6 with 230 hp/169 kW and a maximum torque of 297 Nm (219 ft-lb). The 3.2 V6 will be paired with a five-speed automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive. The Moonlander 3.2l V6 gets from 0 to 62 mph in 8.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 km/h (126 mph), all this with a 12% lowered CO2 emission level while running on LPG.
The exterior was designed based on the Apollo 11 rocket and the Lunar Rover vehicle, painted in universe white and orbiter black the SUV has “Manned Mission Lunar Vehicle” decals on its side and the names of the Apollo 11 crew members on the silvery rear side windows. Regarding the performance of the Moonlander, Fahrmitgas prepared the SUV with a sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 35 mm, white-painted 8Jx20 ten-spoke wheels and 245/20 R 20 high performance tires.
Only 40 Moonlander SUV's will be made, one for each year since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon, back in 1969.
The Moonlander starts at 21,500 euro and comes as standard with automatic climate control, stereo system, iPod and a space suit replica complete with helment. All we can say is the guy from the photos sure likes it... a lot :)
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