Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Rinspeed sQuba - World's first under water car

The sQuba, developed by Swiss company Rinspeed, is the world's first car that can be driven both on land and under water.
Thirty years after the thriller movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sQuba is the first car that can actually ‘fly’ under water
sQuba is a zero emission electric vehicle with three electric motors - one for land travel, two for water. Autonomous cruise control system is also there to allow autonomous operation.

On land it is powered by its electric rear-wheel drive powertrain by using rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
Upon entering water, it floats on the surface until the operator floods the interior to submerge it.

It can sink to a depth of 10 metres (33 ft), powered by twin electric-powered propellers supplemented by two Seabob water jets. The car's top speed is

  • On Land - 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • On the surface of water - 6 km/h (3.2 kn; 3.7 mph) 
  • Underwater - 3 km/h (1.6 kn; 1.9 mph)
The open cockpit design is intended to allow the occupants to escape easily in case of emergency. Without occupants, the sQuba will surface automatically. The vehicle's interior is water and salt resistant hence it can be driven in the ocean

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