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World's first car on land and under water

 

Nope. It has not crashed. That is the RHINSPEED SQUBA. It is the world’s first car that can be driven both on land and under water.

The ‘sQuba’ is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear.

Power is supplied by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries.

Three electric motor are located at the rear of the sQuba. One provides propulsion on land, while two drive the the screws for underwater vroooming.

It drives on land powered by its electric rear-wheel drive powertrain, utilizing rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Upon entering water, it floats on the surface until the operator floods the interior to submerge it. It can be submerged to a depth of 10 meters (33 ft), powered by twin electric-powered propellers supplemented by two Seabob water jets. It “flies” when underwater, like a submarine, as it is not designed to drive along the surface at the bottom of the water. The car’s top land speed is 120 km/h (75 mph). On the surface of water, the top speed is 6 km/h (3.2 kn/3.7 mph) and underwater it is 3 km/h (1.6 kn/1.9 mph

An open top means the car’s mobility isn’t hampered by trapped air and stops you from getting stuck, which of course could cause death.

It has a scuba-tank of compressed air, which means you don’t have to hold your breath while motoring. Without occupants, the sQuba will surface automatically.

The twin water jets mounted on rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle provide steering and lift while it is underwater and the propellers at the rear provide forward movement.

If you drive into the sea or river, it changes the power from the rear wheels to pump.

The vehicle’s interior is water and salt resistant so that it can be driven in the ocean. The alloy wheels are lightweight and resistant to sea water, thanks to special paint from German alloy wheel manufacturer AEZ.

With it’s shimmering silver nad bright yellow contrasts interior will make squid wave at you, and whales want to hump you.

The sQuba has wheels to take to the road at speeds of up to about 100kph, and can even drive itself thanks to a laser sensor.

The sQuba is purely a concept at the moment, but it could go into production if we wish hard enough.

TECHNICAL DATA

Measurements
Length 3’785 mm
Width 1”940 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

Performances
Top speed > 120 km/h
Acceleration 0-80 km/h 7.1 sec
Water speed > 6 km/h
Under water speed > 3 km/h
Dive depth 10 m

Engines
Street Electric
Power output max. 54 kW
at 4’500 /min
Torque 160 NM
at 1’500 /min
Water – Stern propellers Electric
Power output 2 x 800 W
Diving – bow jet drives Electric
Power output 2 x 3.6 kW Rotinor
Batteries Lithium-Ionen
Voltage 6 x 48 Volt

Propulsion
Power train Rear wheel drive
Gearbox R – N – F

Suspension
Chassis Steel
Body panels Carbon Nano Tubes
Seating capacity 2
Front suspension Double wishbone
Rear suspension Double wishbone
Dampers/springs KW automotive
Steering 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 wheels AEZ 8 x 18″

Miscellaneous
Air supply 1 x 15 liter + 1 x 18 liter ScubaPro
Laser scanner Ibeo
Lubricants Motorex

All data without guarantee

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