TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
With this in mind, we climb up through the side hatch and enter the Rover. We'll be driving it over the lunar rockyard in Houston - a surreal and spectacular replica of the Moon's surface, complete with steep craters and about 80 per cent more gravity. It's also where the Apollo astronauts trained to drive their car.
Inside, the Rover is split in two. There's a living area, which feels bare and clinical like the back of an ambulance, minus the pensioner with the broken hip. The fold-down beds are hard and plastic, and you can just about stand without stooping. Then there's the driving area, which feels open and light, thanks to the big windows that look like the nose of a Lancaster Bomber. A bank of screens forms the dashboard, and there's a joystick by each seat, so it can be driven from either side by left- or right-handed astronauts.