Rinspeed Concept Car sQuba
The worlds first real diving car with zero emission powerIs 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
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
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
Measurements Length 3'785 mm Width 1''820 mm Height 1'117 mm Wheelbase 2300 mm Track front 1470 mm Track rear 1520 mm Ground clearance 130 mm Empty weight approx. 920kg Performances Top speed dba Acceleration 0-100 km/h dba Water speed dba Under water speed dba Dive depth 10 m Engines 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 Suspension Chassis Steel Body panels Carbon Nano Tubes Seating capacity2 Front suspension Double wishbone Rear suspension Double wishbone
Rack & pinion Tires 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
1 x 15 liter + 1 x 18 liter
Laser scanner Ibeo Lubricants Motorex
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