Thre decades ago James Bond (then encted by British star Roger Moore) wowed the world with a car that could ‘fly’ under water in the movie the Spy who loved me. Only, it was animation and not an actual scene.
But Frank M Rinderknecht, the 52year old automobile visionary and boss of Swiss automaker Rinspeed, has turned a dream into reality with his ‘Squba’
Rinspeed SQuba is the most exciting thing at this year’ Geneva Motor show and is creating many a ripple
SQuba is the world’s first real submersible car that can move like a fish underwater’
It can dive up to 328 feet(10MT) below the surface of the water and can move at a sedate 1.8 miles per hour.
The SQuba has an open cockpit for ‘safety reasons’ (so that people can get out easily anytime in case of an emergency). The occupants of the car have to breathe compressed air through built-in scuba masks
SQuba is an electric car that uses rechargeable lithium in batteries and 3 electric motors for propulsion. It is a zero emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear. It produces no exhaust emission .
The Squba’s filling station is the water reservoior? It is no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy saving LED lighting technology.
The first car that could drive underwater was Quandt’s Amphibicar, built in 1968. Only 3,8778 were produce but many are still being driven on roads.