Wish you were an international super spy or an even cooler super villain? Wish you could take a self-driving autonomous convertible sports car underwater? Have an extra $2,000,000 to spend on one? Look no further than the cool new Rinspeed sQuba. This high tech electric sports car not only handles the roads with ease, it can also leave them to float on water, and then submerge down beneath it with the pull of a lever.
Inspired by the infamous underwater Lotus driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, this modern day electric version submerges underwater to depths down to 33' and has two built-in scuba tanks and diving regulators allowing you and a passenger to stay underwater for up to an hour. It's a convertible because it looks cool above water and so you can actually escape if needed when down below.
It features a Lotus Elise steel chassis, a zero-emission electric motor powered by six 48-volt Lithium-ion batteries (80 miles on land and 3 hours underwater on a 4 hour charge), rear propellers for speeds up to 2 knots forward, 2 front water jets for steering and lift, and a laser-guided sensor on the front allowing the car to autonomously drive all by itself. The only downside is that current navigational maps won't choose scenic underwater oceanic shortcuts when routing directions. Check out this video to see it in action. Cool huh?
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- Inspired by the submarine Lotus driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me
- Only car that navigates underwater realms as easily as it cruises across land
- Car floats when driven into water and submerges with the pull of a lever
- Two water jets mounted behind rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle provide steering and lift
- Propellers at the rear provide forward movement up to 2 knots at depths down to 33'
- 2 built-in scuba tanks and diving regulators allow two people to remain underwater for an hour
- Zero-emission vehicle uses a 54 kW 160 NM electric motor powered by six 48-volt Lithium-ion batteries
- Maximum speed of 75 mph
- Interior is impervious to fresh or salt water
- Same steel chassis used in the Lotus Elise
- Onboard laser-guided sensor enables the sports car to operate autonomously
- Batteries power the car for up to 80 miles on land and for three hours underwater after a four-hour charge
- Size: 12.5' L x 6.33' W - 2,028 lbs