Wet Dream Come True, Rinspeed Concept Becomes Reality


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Before this video, Rinspeed was another concept that I never expected to manifest. But, here it is, and I stand corrected. This is a freekin’ sweet car/boat/submarine. It reaches speeds up to 120 km/hour on land, 6 km/hour on the water, and 3 km/hour underwater. It is a zero-emissions vehicle, using lithium-ion batteries to power the beast. Rinspeed is saying implying in their press release that this car is James Bond worthy. I beg to differ. 3 km/h underwater? What’s he going to get away from (or chase down)? A poor, overweight villain surrounded by a moat? You guys made a sweet car, but you have quite a way to go before reaching true Bond status. Excerpts from the official press release after the jump.

“Dive it again, James!” If the situation gets too hot for the secret agent he’ll go underground – or under water. So demonstrated impressively by Roger Moore in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977 when he dove below the waves in a sleek vehicle that moments before seemed to be an ordinary car. The only problem: The scene never really took place; it was an animation.

With the “sQuba,” the world’s first real submersible car, the movie fake now becomes reality for visitors of the Geneva Motor Show (March 6th – 16th, 2008). Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht (52) is known for his extraordinary automotive creations. The acknowledged James Bond enthusiast and Swiss automobile visionary kept revisiting this scene in his mind over and over: “For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true.”

On how green it is:

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.

…Frank M. Rinderknecht and his partners – amongst them also the fleet specialist LeasePlan – have created a truly unusual vehicle and in the process have thought of everything. Even the Motorex lubricants used in the ‘sQuba” are biodegradable. For the Rinspeed boss that is a meticulousness stemming from conviction: “The ‘sQuba’ lets me be one with the elements and lets me immerse myself in a new and fascinating world – with Q factor. It is our duty to protect this world in which we are guests to the best of our ability.”

Well done sirs.

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Mike November 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Technologically impressive, yes. But I agree that it’s nowhere near Bond worthy. I did the conversion (okay, so Google did it). 3 km/h is less than 3 feet per second. I’ve seen turtles that move faster.

Okay, so those turtles happened to be sea turtles. But then it’s even more embarrassing to be beaten on their turf. Or water.

I’m going to stop now.

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