A few years ago I would have said this was total fiction, but now after the release of the Rinspeed Squba, this has become a fact, albeit a rather amusing one. What anyone needs it for is just beyond me and why anyone really wants one….well it just bewilders me.
Yes they look good and they do work as an amphibious vehicle, but they are just a gimmick, someones life long dream after seeing 007 in his underwater Lotus, probably.
Bet it is loads of money too.. since the prototype cost $1.5 million to build. Think i would be buying lots of other things, if I had the money to pay for one of them, just don’t get the need for them !!
The Rinspeed sQuba is a fantastic looking Concept car that was designed and built for the Geneva Motor Show in 2008. This show stopping little car was the first fully submersible, zero-emission, all electric vehicle.
It’s also just as happy on dry land as it is in the water, on which it is capable of up to 75 mph. With 3 electric motors, 1 which drives it on land and 2 which propel it in the water. It’s also boasts it own compressed air tanks to supply the 2 occupants with oxygen while cruising along under the waves. The car has also been made as a convertible for safety reasons, so the 2 passengers can quickly escape if they get into difficulties under the water.
The only slight downside is it can only submerge to a depth of 10 metres or 33 feet and the prototype was supposedly around £750,000 to buy which is a lot of money !!
We all know the Lotus Esprit from the Movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977, was basically just a World famous prop car. But a very expensive model that was specially made for the film and which now, over 30 years later are worth a small fortune. If and when they go up for auction, the last one sold for over $80,000.00 and it wasn’t even exactly like the original in the film, but the exterior was used in the film as a stunt car.
This Car became a massive icon amongst James Bond fans, for it’s underwater capabilties and just for it’s damn good looks. This probably would of been the first time most people would of seen the Lotus Esprit in action. Being such an important prop in the already huge 007 movie series, really boosted the popularity of the Lotus in the 70’s and early 80’s.
“Supercar” was a kids TV show from 1962, where a test pilot named Mike Mercury piloted a supercar, which could both fly through the air and also travel underwater too !!
Supercar was the first creation by Gerry Anderson and AP Films and it really paved the way for the big hit TV puppet shows in the following years, such as “Stingray” and “Thunderbirds”
The supercar itself, was made from very light weight balsa wood, designed by Reg Hill and cost AP Films £1000.00, which in those days was a small fortune, especially for an ailing film company.
There are lots of people out there past and present that all seem to have the same idea, to be able to have some kind of land vehicle, that is able to travel underwater too. They then seem to take these ideas in different directions, one of fantasy or fiction where they put it into TV shows or Films and those that try and make their dream come true by actually trying to build this kind of vehicle. Attempting to make fiction into fact, helping it become a reality.
I never thought we would ever have a car capable of moving through the water like a fish or a submarine, but we now have the sQuba which is a fully electric car. I couldn’t even imagine having electric vehicles capable of travelling underwater, they must have great sealant !!
Next we want a 4×4 that can be driven on the land and also on the sea bed, that would just be fantastic !! Demon Chick xx