We have all been waiting in anticipation since 1977 when James Bond drove his submersible Lotus Espirit underwater in the famous movie The Spy Who Loved Me, for our chance to be able to drive a car underwater. Now the wait is almost over. Almost 40 years later the underwater car is now a reality.
Rinspeed unveiled its new sQuba, the worlds first diving car, at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. Based on the Lotus Exige, (the coupe version of the Elise) the lightweight, zero emission all electric concept car is not only able to drive on roads completely autonomously with a push of a button, but can also transform into an amphibious vehicle which can be submerged in water up to 33 feet deep.
An electric motor with powerful torque drives the rear wheels, while the propulsion in the water is achieved by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet drives on the front fenders stabilizing the vehicle under water while diving.
When underwater, the driver and passenger are enclosed in the vehicle thanks to light weight body components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes and are supplied with breathing air by the self-contained on-board scuba system.
I now know what I want for Christmas.
|Production||Concept car (completed in 2008)|
|Body style||2-door convertible|
|Engine||Street: 54 kW electric
Propeller: 2 × 800 W electric
Blow jets: 2 × 3.6 kW Rotinor
|Transmission||R – N – F|
|Wheelbase||2,300 mm (91 in)|
|Length||3,785 mm (149.0 in)|
|Width||1,940 mm (76 in)|
|Height||1,117 mm (44.0 in)|