The last time man was on the moon was in 1972 when the Apollo space missions came to an end. Recently, however, numerous agencies all over the world, including NASA and Japan's JAXA, have announced plans to go back to the moon in a few years. To get around the moon though, they will need new rides. Walking isn't exactly the most convenient way to get around especially in an environment with little to no gravity.
As a result of renewed interest in going to the moon, Toyota designed a new lunar rover last year. It was recently showcased at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show albeit in miniature scale. Now, it seems Toyota's luxury counterpart, Lexus, has also designed some fancy spacecraft concepts to get people around the moon faster and in style.
ED2, the European Advanced Design Studio for Toyota and Lexus, recently revealed a bunch of lunar rover concepts of the future. The studio revealed seven different concepts in various styles – from single-seater space motorbike to a lunar rover on steroids.
Probably the coolest concept out of the bunch is Karl Dujardin's Zero Gravity which looks like something straight out of Star Wars. It looks a lot like a speeder bike in Star Wars or the Tron light cycle with the light trail behind it, but I digress. Styling-wise, it features a spindle grill design adopted into a single-seater motorcycle-like hovercraft and can supposedly hit speeds of up to 500 km/h.
Then, there's the odd-looking Bouncing Moon Roller by Julien Marie which is essentially a gyroscope that rolls around the moon rather than actually driving on the surface. In a more realistic sense, there's the Lexus Lunar by Yung Presciutti which is a 6x6 transporter shaped similar to the old lunar rovers.
Other designs include the Moon Racer, the flying Lunar Mission, and Lunar Cruiser. There's even the Lexus Cosmo which acts as a mothership.
Don't be too excited to see these things going about the moon though. At the moment, they are all just concepts. Still, it's cool to think that one day we might just be racing Lexus Zero Gravity bikes on the moon.