Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Underwater Car

Mind you, the rationale remains unclear for an ultra sleek looking sports car submersible that does 124 km/h on land and effortlessly swims at 3km/h beneath the seas, but after emerging from beneath the waves, the driver is soaking wet and wearing breathing gear. Totally bad hair day involved with trying to look cool that just does not fit into The Spy Who Loved Me inspired theatrics. But the concept Lotus Elise look alike, Rinspeed SQuba, looks Bond gal good.

"For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water," said Rinderknecht in a statement. "Now we have made this dream come true."

The convertible sports car transforms into an underwater vehicle in which passengers breathe with the help of compressed air masks.

"It is undoubtedly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be maneuverable under water," said Rinderknecht. "The real challenge however was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water."

Now hopefully, the demo Swiss lake in Geneva, won't be frozen in March when the convertible makes its much anticipated debut. Nobody knows what a custom toy like this may cost and if you have to ask... Big time guesses range up to a cool half-mil USD with a wet suit being a tad extra. One of the features of the submariner car is its ability to dive to a depth over 30 feet below the surface using an electric motor. My mom was pretty adamant about no electrical stuff in the tub. For safety reasons, its always a convertible under the water due to the pressure. It is a new day when the car goes topless for water entry...

The interior is resistant to salt water, allowing the skipper to drive into a lake or the sea.

"Many concept cars introduce important new technology," said John Cabaniss at the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers in Washington. "Anything to improve the efficiency of a vehicle, streamlining or reducing the weight of materials, while maintaining strength ... is put into concept cars first."

Cabaniss said the lithium-ion batteries in Rinspeed's car were "state-of-the-art" and added that the car industry in general would be looking for more ways to make things work electronically. But he was skeptical of the overriding idea.

Get your Bond fix if you can't afford the car through films with your fave Bond of the decade or through the book by Ian Fleming. Roger Moore was the Bond in The Spy who Loved Me.

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