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Old 15th February 2008, 09:28   #1
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Default 30 Years on....a lotus that will actually go underwater

Many of you have seen the The Spy Who Loved Me where Roger Moore lifts an eyebrow and drives his Lotus Esprit into the sea to evade a helicopter. It was fictional as 7 models were made of the car

Now Rinspeed have actually managed to make it work with an Elise. More here
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Next james bond car. I think next bond film will have this one.
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TOI today carried on an article on this and its too hard to believe, though in films it looked fine
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The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond movie I watched. The particular scene was awsome!!

That certainly is great!!! Wow!!!
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Alright! Now, the perfect platform to get away with your better half for that romantic 0.05 min - 1 hr, away from the prying eyes of landlubbers.
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The Elise looks unbelievable in white!
And hope Mr.Bond does'nt forget his oxygen mask when he plans to dive-in in the elise.
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Alright! Now, the perfect platform to get away with your better half for that romantic 0.05 min - 1 hr, away from the prying eyes of landlubbers.
imbibe sea anemones and pheramones, and sea water chestnuts
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imbibe sea anemones and pheramones, and sea water chestnuts

Too diluted to be effective, poisonous proteins and enriched with salts not good for that ideal heart beat.
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Well what do you expect from a company whose last product was this whacky amphibious car:

















And here's a video of it in action too!
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Whats the point? Except for some (read rare) specialised applications, these are pretty useless! Rather get a car and a boat separately; atleast then, each does its job really well.
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Agree totally with GTO! Rather have a boat & a good car,and keep things apart.
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How the heck does rinspeed make money?
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Default sQuba : World's First Swimming Car

Three decades ago James Bond (then enacted by British star Roger Moore) wowed the world with a car that could 'fly' under water in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Only, it was animation and not an actual scene.
But Frank M Rinderknecht, the 52-year-old automobile visionary and boss of Swiss automaker Rinspeed, has turned a dream into reality with his 'sQuba.'


inspeed sQuba is the most exciting thing at this year's Geneva Motor Show and is creating many a ripple.

SQuba is the world's first real submersible car that can 'move like a fish underwater'.
It can dive up to 32.8 feet (10 mt) below the surface of the water and can move at a sedate 1.8 miles per hour.[
The sQuba has an open cockpit for 'safety reasons' (so that people can get out easily anytime in case of an emergency). The occupants of the car have to breathe compressed air through built-in scuba masks.

SQuba is an electric car that uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and 3 electric motors for propulsion. It is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear. It produces no exhaust emissions.

The 'sQuba's' filling station is the water reservoir. It is no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology.

The first car that could drive underwater was Quandt's Amphibicar, built in 1968. Only 3,878 were produced but many are still being driven on roads.
Then Gibbs Technologies came up with Gibbs Aquada in 2004 which Virgin boss Richard Branson used to break the speed record for crossing the English Channel.
However, the sQuba seems to be the most exciting of them all.
To drive on the roads, the sQuba 'relies on a stainless coil-over suspension from KW automotive and large Pirelli tires mounted on custom-made forged light-weight wheels from AEZ with 17- and 18-inch diameters.'

Technical data

Length ----- 3'785 mm
Width ----- 1''940 mm
Height ----- 1'117 mm
Wheelbase ----- 2300 mm
Track front ----- 1470 mm
Track rear ----- 1520 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

ropulsion
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
Tyres
Front tyres ----- Pirelli P Zero 205/40 R17
Front wheels ----- AEZ 7.5 x 17"
Rear tyres ----- 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



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I had seen this on tv,wonderfull example of innovation.The car looks good too inspite of all the hurdles in making it water proof.
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Looks nice I hope its is more practical than what has been done before. The body resembles that of a Lotus Elise
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