Face to Face With NASA's Lunar Rover VehiclePeter Orosz10/04/10 2:30pmFiled to: SpacelopnikMoon BuggyNasaLRVLunar Rover VehicleSpace CarsSpeed RecordsFerenc PavlicsFerenc AnisitsFerenc SziszDonat BankiJanos CsonkaHungarian Engineersapollo 15Apollo 16Apollo 17Gene CernanTop871EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIt makes one horsepower. It’s the only car that’s ever been driven beyond Earth. The moon buggy was one of many great moments in Hungarian-American engineering and, for a day, it showed up in Budapest.Unfortunate geopolitical circumstances may have prevented Hungary proper from having much of a car industry—aside from our weirdly awesome microcars, like the pig’s-blood-and-chicken-feathers Fesztivál—but the global car industry would have turned out quite differently if not for the creative input of some strategically placed Hungarians. It was a pair of Hungarian engineers, for instance, Donát Bánki and János Csonka, who designed the carburator. The Ford Model T? Hungarian again. Just like Ferenc Szisz, the winner of the first Grand Prix ever held, and Ferenc Anisits (the first husband of my aunt Anikó!), who designed BMW’s diesel engines. But the Hungarian engineer who took car technology the furthest was a third Ferenc.