• Rinspeed Concept Car sQuba

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    The worlds first real diving car with zero emission power

    Is it just a clever computer animation or maybe more a fiction from a Hollywood movie? Or is it actually a real car sitting there? Many visitors to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (March 6th thru 16th, 2008) will ask themselves just these questions when faced with the new Rinspeed creation “sQuba” - the worlds first real diving car. This astonishing concept vehicle from the renowned Swiss powerhouse for new designs and ideas looks almost like it is just came out of a James Bond movie.  


    Its capabilities not only to drive on roads - and this also autonomously at a push of a button (thus without a driver, passenger or further assistance) - but also to agitate as an amphibious vehicle and to protrude to water depth of up to 10 meters (33 feet) go beyond the scope of many human virtues of imagination.

    For Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht the "sQuba" symbolizes the realization of a long-cherished dream and of movie fictions - of which the perhaps the most noted out of the James Bond film hit "The spy who loved me". "And exactly thirty years later this amazing - yet at the time animated - film sequence materializes and becomes reality, in today's world", says Rinderknecht.


    Definitely part of the material world is the power of the concept car: A torque laden electric motor drives the rear wheels, the propulsion on the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet drives in the bow propel the vehicle under water while diving. With zero emissions, zero pollution in the seven seas of this world. The light weight body with components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes encloses in a streamlined manner the driver and passenger who are supplied with fresh breathing air by the self-contained on-bord system.

    A new and fascinating world is opening to the occupants of the "sQuba" which will remain - as its predecessors - most likely a unique and exclusive one-off vehicle. But: Attention guaranteed.

    The partners and suppliers in the "sQuba" project are:

    AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH - www.aez-wheels.com

    Bayer MaterialScience - www.bayermaterialscience.com / www.baytubes.com

    Bundesamt für Energie - www.bfe.admin.ch

    Esoro AG - www.esoro.ch

    HS Genion GmbH - www.hsgenion.de

    Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH - www.ibeo-as.com

    KGS Diamond Group AG - www.kgsdiamond.com
    KW automotive GmbH - www.kw-gmbh.de

    Motorex Bucher Langenthal AG - www.motorex.com

    Pirelli Tyre (Europe) SA - www.pirelli.com

    Rotinor GmbH - www.seabob.com

    ScubaPro Inc. - www.scubapro.com

    Sharp Electronics - www.sharp.ch

    Strähle + Hess GmbH & Co. KG - www.straehle-hess.de
    Schwaller Movement Engineering AG 
    SiemensVDO Automotive AGwww.siemensvdo.com




    Length 3'785 mm
    Width 1''820 mm
    Height 1'117 mm
    Wheelbase 2’300 mm
    Track front 1’470 mm
    Track rear 1’520 mm
    Ground clearance   130 mm
    Empty weight approx. 920kg
    Top speed dba
    Acceleration 0-100 km/h dba
    Water speed dba
    Under water speed dba
    Dive depth 10 m
    Street Electric
    Power output 37 kW
    at  4'500 /min
    Torque 160 NM
     at  1'500 /min
    Water - Stern propellers Electric
    Power output  
    Diving - bow jet drives Electric
    Power output 2 x 3.6 kW Rotinor
    Batteries Lithium-Ionen
    Voltage 4 x 48 Volt

    Propulsion   Power train Rear wheel


    Gearbox R - N - F   


    Chassis Steel

    Body panels Carbon Nano Tubes

    Seating capacity2

    Front suspension Double wishbone

    Rear suspension Double wishbone


    KW automotive


    Rack & pinion   


    Front tires Pirelli P Zero 205/40 R17 Front wheels AEZ 7.5 x 17"

    Rear tires Pirelli P Zero 225/40 R18 Rear


    AEZ 8 x 18"   Miscellaneous   

    Air supply

    1 x 15 liter + 1 x 18 liter


    Laser scanner Ibeo

    Lubricants Motorex

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