Think of a car that can be used underwater. If you think that the image can only be seen on most James Bond movies, then think again. There is now a new model of car that can be used underwater, and that’s the sQuba considered as the world’s first real submersible car.
This car was first shown to the general public at the Geneva Motor Show that was held March 6th to March 16th 2008. The car was developed and conceived under the tutelage of Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht, an acknowledged James Bond fanatic himself. Though there are some military vehicles that can travel underwater; this car’s unique design and its engineering will allow the vehicle to move like a fish underwater even at the depth of 10 meters.
The submersible car will work thanks to the special engineering used in the construction of the vehicle. The usual combustion engine was removed and in its place, several electric motors were used. Three motors are used at the rear of the vehicle and the first motor is designed to provide propulsion on land. The two other motors are used to drive the screws for underwater motoring. The motors are supported by two Seabob jet drives. The vehicle will be powered underwater by the rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. The good thing about this vehicle is that this is a zero-emissions car and does not produce exhaust emissions.
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.
The Geneva motor show that started this week showcased a number of cars with different designs and styles, others are innovations, some are small and other retains the bulk. There are a number of cars as well that was designed to meet growing demands for ‘greener cars’. In short, it was all business yet again and almost all cars exuded confidence, style and seriousness. Well almost. Automotive shows will not be complete without the entry of concept cars, cars that may be seem weird now but may be feasible in the near future- or may be not. While I was bloghopping I took note of some of the news and posts about the on-going Geneva motor show and these concept cars/weird cars caught my fancy. These cars provide some form of relief. The reactions may be varied, of amusement or bewilderment and I am one of those who find these cars ‘refreshing’. One such car in the Geneva show is the Rinspeed sQuba. From the name of the model itself, you will find contextual clues as to what is unique to this sports car by Rinspeed. Read on.
The Rinspeed sQuba Concept
Take a good look at the picture.
Now from the looks of it, it seems that the Rinspeed sQuba vehicle is underwater. Your eyes is not fooling you. The car is indeed underwater and this picture was released by the Swiss car maker Rinspeed. The picture shows people aboard the Rinspeed car and this Rinspeed model was unveiled at the Geneva motor show just this week. This model is supposedly the world’s first real submersible car. Another cool thing about this Rinspeed model is that this sQuba concept is a zero-emission electric sports car and that its power is supplied by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. And it is expected that this sports car can perform a submerged stable flight at a depth of 10 meters. Whoa.
So this car will be useful on flooded and flood-prone areas. Sounds good. Since the press release pictures show that the Rinspeed sQuba is underwater, some of you will soon ask if this car was indeed inside the tank when unveiled. Nope, to compensate for the lack of ‘water’ or ‘beach’, a fake beach front was re-created inside the show room.
This sports car looks cute but then we have to ask, is this feasible? Will someone do his driving in the beach front and drive into the water? Kidding aside, this is one cool concept and I would’nt mind driving this one and no, not towards the seas.