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New Rinspeed sQuba Photos

Feb 14 2008, 12:40am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

New Rinspeed sQuba Photos
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We reported at the end of last year about the latest extremely exciting concept car from Swiss Porsche Tuner Rinspeed - the Rinspeed sQuba. As the Geneva Motor Show draws closer Rinspeed has published a new real world photos of the zero emissions car.

The sQuba is able to dive like James Bond Roger Moore showed in "The Spy Who Loved Me" in 1977.
The sQuba is able to dive at a stabile flight at a depth of 10 meters. You need your own air supply as the sQuba is a roadster.

Rinspeed's Boss Rinderknecht: "It is undoubtedly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be maneuverable under water. The real challenge however was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water."

Three motors are located in the rear of the sQuba. One provides propulsion on land, the other two drive the screws for underwater motoring. They are supported by two powerful Seabob jet drives in the front, which ‘breathe’ through special rotating louvers from HS Genion (for opening and closing the water intake). The rotating outlet jets were designed to be extremely light yet twist resistant by using high-tech nano materials, so-called Carbon Nano Tubes.

Power is supplied by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. Rinderknecht: "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 water reservoir." It is no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology.

The sQuba is even capable of autonomous driving on land thanks to a sophisticated laser sensor system from the Hamburg company Ibeo - without any help from the driver or passenger.

Rinspeed will exhibit the sQuba at the Geneva Motor Show, which starts on March 6th.
Via the Rinspeed site. See the new Rinspeed sQuba photos in the gallery. Update: See also this cool new video of the sQuba James Bond style.

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