The sQuba is expected to be the first real submersible car, so says Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht. Though other military vehicle can travel underwater, the unique design and engineering of the sQuba allows the vehilce to move like a ‘fish’ even at depth of 10 meters. Rinderknecht added:
It is undoubtedly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be maneurable under water. The real challenge however was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in the water.
The vision is now a reality with the introduction of the sQuba.
For this sports car to work, the combustion engine was removed and then replaced with several electric motors. There will be three motors at the rear of the car- the first motor is tasked to provide propulsion on land and the other two are tasked to drive the screws for underwater motoring. These motors are supported by two Seabob jet drives.
The power that will drive the sQuba under water will be coming from the rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries.
The sQuba is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear. It produces no exhaust emissions. The Swiss are among the world’s pioneers in the area of hydropower. The sQuba’s filling station is the reservoir. It is no surprise that the vehilce features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology, added Rinderknecht.
The Rinspeed sQuba is an unusual car, but this is not suprising coming from a James Bond fan.