Rinspeed sQuba is the name of a Swiss concept vehicle. If you want to see a car that, like in agent films, can drive / swim under water, the Rinspeed sQuba is definitely interesting. And Rinspeed is also the name of the company behind the creative minds behind the development of the sQuba. The vehicle was manufactured by Esoro and is based on a Lotus Elise. What the vehicle can do is explained in more detail below.
Rinspeed sQuba - diving by car?
The Rinspeed concept vehicle was presented by Frank Rinderknecht, a Swiss developer, at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. It looks like a sporty, two-seater and almost normal Lotus Cabriolet that can be used to drive comfortably and quickly over land. While the car actually drives quite normally on asphalt and behaves like a sporty convertible, built-in and intelligently designed extras ensure that the Elise is suitable for diving. The vehicle can be driven in and under water without any problems. Two integrated propellers and two jet streams ensure a species-appropriate underwater drive. The Jetstreams are located next to the doors. The convertible has an open body that has been designed to be waterproof. Due to the construction, no water can penetrate into all important assemblies. The vehicle occupants are supplied with oxygen via compressed air bottles and ventilators or they simply have to hold their breath if they want to dive. The bottles are certainly the better choice because the oxygen is enough for about 2 hours. The vehicle itself could even be driven under water for up to five hours.
What speeds does the vehicle manage?
On land, the “underwater convertible” can drive up to 120 km / h. About 3 km / h are reached underwater. With the Rinspeed sQuba, a maximum diving depth of 10 meters is possible. The driver can control the propulsion of the Rinspeed sQuba using two pedals.
Structure of the vehicle
The "underwater vehicle" has a completely sealed body. This was additionally provided with styrofoam to achieve static buoyancy under water. If the car were pulled under the water without occupants, it would float on the surface of the water by itself due to the static buoyancy. Three electric motors work emission-free and enable an environmentally friendly drive. The supply of the electric motors is guaranteed by lithium-ion batteries. The 160 Nm of an electric motor provide the drive on the road. The conventional combustion engine is no longer installed. Compressed air ensures that the electronics do not get wet.
Nozzles with an output of 3,6 kW
The integrated nozzles of the car or submarine have an output of 3,6 kW. The propulsion is carried out by two propellers, which are available at the rear. Thanks to the differentiated propulsion of the propellers, the vehicle can even be steered under water. The Rinspeed sQuba was equipped with a shark skin embossing (3-D film), which should serve more the show effect. The surface of the body is designed for the flow of water and it is protected against sea water and salt water. The vehicle can therefore also be used in the open sea. The Rinspeed sQuba is equipped with a rustproof coilover and has Pirelli wide tires. The landing gear was designed by KW Automotive. The Rinspeed sQuba is a real eye-catcher on land and under water.
summarizing the characteristics:
- It drives without emissions
- Name: "sQuba" diving car
- three engines in the stern (for propulsion on land and the propellers)
- two powerful Seabob jet drives in the bow
- built-in compressed air system
- Ibeo technology for autonomous driving
- Power supply via lithium-ion batteries
- automatically rotating number plate at the rear
- bright and energy-saving LED lighting technology
- accentuating 3D foil elements with fish and streamlined shark skin embossing and patterns from Wetzel Processing Group and Hornschuch
- special stainless coilover kit from KW automotive
- large Pirelli tires
- specially manufactured and lightweight 17 '' and 18 '' forged wheels from AEZ
- salt-water-resistant mother-of-pearl innovative interior with diamond-coated non-slip inlays from
- High-tech control unit and central instrumentation from VDO
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