Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rinspeed sQuba World’s first Underwater-Submarine Car

Rinspeed is a Swiss based automobile manufacturer and tuning designer company was founded in 1979 by Frank Rinderknecht. Rinspeed have specialization in restoring the classic and vintage cars, tuning and modify the modern cars like Porsches and Subarus. Each year they design the exotic concept car for the Geneva Motor Show.

sQuba is a Rinspeed concept car debuted at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, built around the Lotus Elise is the world’s first car that can be driven both on land and underwater.

Rinspeed founder and CEO Frank M. Rinderknecht sQuba concept car were inspired by the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”. James bond drive the animated Lotus Esprit in the movie. Rinspeed founder wanted to build a car that could move underwater like a submarine. It took founder 30 year to accomplish his desire.

sQuba call as the first real submersible car is a zero-emission all electric vehicle. It got three electric motors one for to drive on land and two motors to drive underwater. It can be submerged to a depth of 10 metres (33 ft), the car’s top land speed is 120 km/h (75 mph). On the surface of water, the top speed is 6 km/h (3.2 kn; 3.7 mph) and underwater it is 3 km/h (1.6 kn; 1.9 mph). According to Rinspeed, sQuba is made open cockpit to allow the occupants to escape easily in case of emergency

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