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mitchy
02-15-2008, 14:20
Saw this on the news. Looks pretty cool. It is a convertible underwater, so the driver and passengers wear masks and use the regs provided with the car. Here is a newspaper article about the car, as well as a link to a promo video.

http://multimedia.wheels.ca/images/0b/ac/d4a462d24bd2a513259b3fbc0f75.jpeg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgnSljm-lgY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgnSljm-lgY)

Swiss concept car takes plunge

Submersible vehicle set to make a splash at Geneva Motor Show next month



Feb 15, 2008


GENEVA–A Swiss designer and James Bond fan has invented a car that runs on land and underwater. But you'll have to put on your wetsuit to test it, because it's a convertible.
The new car, which will make a splash at the Geneva Auto Show next month, is called the sQuba and conjures up memories of Bond's amphibious Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me.
That fictional vehicle travelled on land and, when chased by bad guys in a helicopter, plunged into the water and became an airtight submarine.
But "Q" isn't responsible for this one.
The concept car – which unlike Bond's is not armed – was developed by Swiss designer Rinspeed Inc. Company CEO Frank Rinderknecht, a self-professed Bond fan, said the sQuba can plow through the water at a depth of 10 metres and has electrical motors to turn the underwater screw.
"For safety reasons, we have built the vehicle as an open car so that the occupants can get out quickly in an emergency," said Rinderknecht, 52.
Passengers will be able to keep breathing underwater through an integrated tank of compressed air similar to what is used in scuba diving.
The sQuba's top speed on land is about 130 kilometres per hour, but it slows down to 5 km/h on the surface of the water, and 3 km/h underwater.
One electric motor provides propulsion on land and two others drive the screw for underwater driving.
The interior is resistant to salt water, allowing the skipper to drive into a lake or the sea.
Rinderknecht said it cost more than $1.5 million (U.S.) to make the sole sQuba in existence.
He added that it was a particular challenge to make a car watertight and pressure-resistant enough to be manoeuvrable underwater.
Rinspeed is in discussion with commercial manufacturers about making a limited number of the cars.
The price?
"It would be cheaper than a Rolls-Royce," he said.
A 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe has a sticker price of more than $400,000.

Super-Duper Scubasteve
02-15-2008, 14:35
Does the car come with some kind of built in air supply and reg system or do you have to bring your own?

KGNickl
02-15-2008, 14:42
Looks like a lotus and/or TVR.

thor
02-15-2008, 14:49
http://forum.scubatoys.com/comments-questions-dont-fit-above/9521-submersible-car-when-will-st-start-carying-item.html

mitchy
02-15-2008, 16:16
Damn you Thor... always outsmarting me. You may have won this battle, but I'll get you back! :smiley29:

Suther2136
02-16-2008, 08:51
Dumbest idea I've ever seen! We hear about people driving into houses and stores every week, now we can drive into a reef? Are they kidding....

WAHMof2
02-16-2008, 08:59
I want one! Talk about eluding the cops!

easyrider003
02-16-2008, 09:41
Does the car come with some kind of built in air supply and reg system or do you have to bring your own?

From what I read and understand it does have its own tank and regulators

Suther2136
02-16-2008, 09:54
I want one! Talk about eluding the cops!

Hmmm... is this something you have great need of? This one and the bye bye thread are starting to paint a picture of the real you!

WAHMof2
02-16-2008, 16:02
I want one! Talk about eluding the cops!

Hmmm... is this something you have great need of? This one and the bye bye thread are starting to paint a picture of the real you!


:smiley36: I wonder if they have torpedo launchers available?

Black-Gorrilla
02-16-2008, 17:41
I want one! Talk about eluding the cops!

Hmmm... is this something you have great need of? This one and the bye bye thread are starting to paint a picture of the real you!


:smiley36: I wonder if they have torpedo launchers available?

ok, that goes with the whole picture painting that you quoted... let's see now... bye bye, eluding cops, torpedoes... yes, i see it now... :smilie40: im gonna watch the news see if i see you on there :)

thats a cool car... i should be able to afford a used one in 2028 or so.

Black-Gorrilla
02-16-2008, 17:47
do you have to be OW certified at least to buy one?

Dark Wolf
02-16-2008, 20:07
Oh man, I gotta have one of those!! At that price, ST's 10% discount will make a HUGE difference!

DW

pyre24
02-16-2008, 23:13
It would be cool, but you know even underwater, people are going to run into something. It looks like a puffer fish from the front.

I ate nemo
02-29-2008, 13:28
Thats are awesome looking. But im sure lot more money than i have.

rfb3
02-29-2008, 16:15
Larry,
When will these be in? :)

rye_a
02-29-2008, 17:59
Wow...now I can be really lazy on those shore dives...

Scubastud16
02-29-2008, 20:35
It's the same body as a Lotus Elise.

BuzzGA
02-29-2008, 23:27
How fun would it be on a nice weekend to just drive down the boat ramp and not have to find parking for a vehicle. Can't wait to see the looks on all the other boaters faces

RnSdiver
03-01-2008, 18:00
I bet they don't let us drive them in Lake Michigan. :(

hungry4adventure
03-01-2008, 20:02
That would certainly one-up Sir Branson and his boat-car thing.

I wonder if they would just accept a kidney as payment.