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Swiss Car Lets Motorists Drive Underwater (OF COURSE there's video :-))
Fox News / AP ^ | February 14, 2008

Posted on 02/14/2008 12:58:20 PM PST by Stoat

 

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The concept car developer Rinspeed calls its "sQuba" the first real submersible car

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Rinspeed says its car can provide a stable "flight" at a depth of 30 feet.

"For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly underwater," says Frank Rinderknecht, Rinspeed's 52-year-old CEO and a professed James Bond fan. "Now we have made this dream come true."

The car will be unveiled at next month's Geneva Auto Show.

Rinderknecht says it is difficult to make a car watertight and pressure-resistant enough to be maneuverable underwater.

"The real challenge, however, was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water," he added.

Working with engineering specialists, Rinspeed removed the combustion engine from a sports car and replaced it with several electrical motors.

Three are located in the rear, with one providing propulsion on land and the other driving the screw for underwater motoring.

Passengers will be able to keep breathing underwater through an integrated tank of compressed air similar to what is used in scuba diving.

But they will get wet.

"For safety reasons, we have built the vehicle as an open car so that the occupants can get out quickly in an emergency," Rinderknecht said.

 

 

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: automotive; car; rinspeed; submarine; tech; underwater; underwatercar; underwatermotoring; underwatermotorist

 

VIDEO:

YouTube - Rinspeed sQuba James Bond Video

YouTube - Rinspeed sQuba Diving Video

There are several more related videos at YouTube

1 posted on 02/14/2008 12:58:22 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

The Kennedy Mobile?..........


2 posted on 02/14/2008 12:59:13 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Stoat
Reminds me of an older Lotus


3 posted on 02/14/2008 1:02:16 PM PST by squidly
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To: Red Badger

The Kennedy Mobile only provides oxygen to the driver, assuming he was sober enough to put it on.


4 posted on 02/14/2008 1:02:39 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Red Badger

LMAO

I’m guessing that a drunk wouldn’t be able to figure out how to operate this one.....


5 posted on 02/14/2008 1:03:22 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Looks like an old corwette.


6 posted on 02/14/2008 1:03:49 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Stoat

Where’s the pic of Teddy slapping his forehead and saying “Now they come up with this!”


7 posted on 02/14/2008 1:04:01 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: theDentist

Now all they need is an airplane that can fly underwater........


8 posted on 02/14/2008 1:06:01 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Stoat

Does it come with a dry change of clothes and seats that instantly dry themselves and a full bathroom to fix your hair etc....????


9 posted on 02/14/2008 1:06:07 PM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: Stoat

WARNING: Ted Kennedy Ahead

10 posted on 02/14/2008 1:07:01 PM PST by HAL9000
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To: All
"For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly underwater," says Frank Rinderknecht,..."

Fly? Doesn't he mean, "float"? And the purpose of this, is.....???? I think it's dumb! Why doesn't he work on a REAL flying car?!

11 posted on 02/14/2008 1:07:52 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Stoat

Check out the the young babe with the old goat.


12 posted on 02/14/2008 1:08:09 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: I see my hands
Check out the the young babe with the old goat

LMAO

 

13 posted on 02/14/2008 1:09:52 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: jackibutterfly
And the purpose of this, is.....????

To provide a means by which old, incredibly wealthy and breathtakingly ugly men can get a date with a hot babe.

(and to have another bauble in the garage that the neighbor doesn't)

14 posted on 02/14/2008 1:13:47 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: HAL9000
WARNING: Ted Kennedy Ahead

Too bad ol' Ted's car was a hardtop.  If it had been open like this one, Mary Jo would most likely be alive today.

15 posted on 02/14/2008 1:17:41 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: swain_forkbeard

hahaha


16 posted on 02/14/2008 1:20:27 PM PST by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter)
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To: Stoat

The car ended up upside down.


17 posted on 02/14/2008 1:20:59 PM PST by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter)
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To: jackibutterfly
Doesn't he mean, "float"?

If it floated it wouldn't be able to go underwater.

18 posted on 02/14/2008 1:23:40 PM PST by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: rednesss
Does it come with a dry change of clothes and seats that instantly dry themselves and a full bathroom to fix your hair etc....????

Hopefully next year's model will have all that  :-)

Matt Helm had a Caddy where an entire inflatable bedroom, complete with end tables and lamps was automatically  deployed from the trunk   :)

Amazon.com Matt Helm Lounge (The Silencers- Murderers Row-The Ambushers-The Wrecking Crew)

19 posted on 02/14/2008 1:24:41 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: I see my hands

Maybe it’s his granddaughter?


20 posted on 02/14/2008 1:32:26 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Stoat
It's been done before.


21 posted on 02/14/2008 1:33:10 PM PST by stevio ((NRA))
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To: sully777

Ping :-)


22 posted on 02/14/2008 1:34:46 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he'd be President today

And, like Mary Jo Kopechne, it's only 99 and 44/100 percent pure. So it won't stay afloat forever. Just long enough. Poor Teddy. If he'd been smart enough to buy a Volkswagen, he never would have gotten into hot water.

23 posted on 02/14/2008 1:39:45 PM PST by Hunton Peck (An underwater convertible. What a concept.)
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To: All

How about improving gas mileage first.

Unless your Ted K. why you need a car to drive underwater.

Opel Eco Speedster: Performance Car 155 mph / 113 mpg
http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z6147/default.aspx


24 posted on 02/14/2008 1:40:58 PM PST by Bailee
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To: Stoat

If it were James Bond’s car, wouldn’t it be left hand drive.


25 posted on 02/14/2008 1:41:56 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Chelsea is a liar)
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To: Hunton Peck
Poor Teddy. If he'd been smart enough to buy a Volkswagen, he never would have gotten into hot water.
 

His adoring Socialist pals in the media made sure that the water never got too terribly hot for him.

26 posted on 02/14/2008 1:45:38 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: squidly
Bond’s car was more fun - it had missles.
27 posted on 02/14/2008 1:49:06 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Stoat

Yeah. The picture and text in my post are from an ad parody that appeared in National Lampoon, probably in 1973 (when Splash would’ve been president).


28 posted on 02/14/2008 1:50:28 PM PST by Hunton Peck (The real tragedy of Chappaquiddick is that the wrong person got out.)
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To: rednesss
Re Matt Helm's inflatable bedroom, here's a clip of it  :-)

YouTube - The Ambushers - Matt and Sheila Hideout

29 posted on 02/14/2008 1:54:54 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Oooh, I want one!


30 posted on 02/14/2008 2:08:54 PM PST by Hyzenthlay (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Hyzenthlay
Oooh, I want one!

I have no doubt that there will be an "underwater machinegun and missile launcher accessory kit" available for it soon   :-)

31 posted on 02/14/2008 2:31:55 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Sharks should love it.


32 posted on 02/14/2008 3:49:08 PM PST by Swiss
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To: Professional Engineer; alfa6; snippy_about_it

All I want for Christmas


33 posted on 02/14/2008 3:55:56 PM PST by Samwise (“If Hillary gets elected at least we’ll get the silverware back!”)
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To: Stoat

I bought one of those about a year ago. My foursome hasn’t lost a golfball since.


34 posted on 02/14/2008 4:11:21 PM PST by groanup (Don't let the bastards get you down.)
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To: Stoat

Those Swiss are great at everything!!!

(I’m Swiss by the way, ha ha!)


35 posted on 02/14/2008 4:18:06 PM PST by Stimpson_J_Cat
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To: Samwise

They need one with a top so my clothes don’t get wet...and my purse, hair, shoes....


36 posted on 02/15/2008 2:49:48 PM PST by snippy_about_it (The FReeper Foxhole. America's history, America's soul.)
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