Saturday, February 16, 2008

Holy Mackerel! Rinspeed's sQuba Concept

First previewed in December, Swiss design company Rinspeed has released tons of high-res photos of its new water toy; the sQuba.

The sQuba is an all-electric vehicle with three motors, one to drive the car on land and two to power a pair of screw drives for underwater movement. These are aided by two Seabob jet drives that "breathe" through rotating louvers mounted on the car's fenders and appear to give the car its maneuverability underwater.

Some might think a submersible convertible sounds like a submarine with a screen door, but Rinspeed has got a handful of reasons why it didn't go with a closed cockpit. Safety is one, because in an emergency, occupants might not be able to exit a closed cockpit vehicle underwater. Buoyancy was another, as the vehicle would've needed two tons of extra weight to offset the volume of air inside a cockpit, which would've seriously compromised the car's on-road handling. The small issue of breathing underwater is solved by an onboard breathing system that works like, what else, scuba gear.

We laughed at the underwater moped concept, but found ourselves mopping up our drool and picking our jaws off the floor as we sifted through these photos.

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