2008 Rinspeed sQuba Concept

December 17, 2007

While the world preps for Corvette ZR1s, Hyundai Geneses, and Ford F-150s aplenty at the upcoming Detroit auto show, wacky Swiss aftermarket tuner Rinspeed continues its contrarian tack by releasing this sketch of its next concept car — a zero-emission machine capable of diving.

Yep, diving. This automotive equivalent of Greg Louganis, promises the Swiss company, would be capable of going further than any amphicar in the past, if it ever were produced, by not only surfing the waves, but submarining under them.

Rinspeed says the concept has been drawn around the idea of driving on roads, then — at the push of a button — converting the sQuba into an amphibious vehicle capable of diving into water as deep as 33 feet.

It doesn’t seem like a good idea on paper, but the Rinspeed crew outfits its concept with an electric motor (zap!), which sends torque to drive the rear wheels. Two propellers and two jet drives move the vehicle through the water, while the motors also propel it on the open road. The zero-pollution car, Rinspeed says, is also built from carbon nanotubes to ensure low weight and body strength.

The one note of reality in all this liquidity: Rinspeed says there’s no chance of the sQuba being produced for sale. Or is that sail?

Wait for more on the sQuba next spring as TheCarConnection.com reports from the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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