sQuba is capable of diving at depths of up to 10 meters (33 feet) as weel as moving autonomously on conventional roads without the presence of driver and passengers.
For Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht the "sQuba" symbolizes the realization of a long-cherished dream and of movie fictions – of which perhaps the most noted out of the James Bond film hit "The spy who loved me" (1977).
Like in the original movie, the amphibious vehicle is based on a Lotus, and specifically on the current Elise.
|On the left: The amphibious Lotus Esprit in "The Spy who Loved Me"
The sQuba is powered by an electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The propulsion on the water is ensured by two propellers in the stern and two powerful jet drives in the bow propel the vehicle under water while diving.
The light weight body has components made of futuristic Carbon Nano Tubes. The driver and passenger are supplied with fresh breathing air by the self-contained on-board system.
Among the technical partners of the sQuba project are AEZ Leichtmetallräder GmbH, Bayer MaterialScience, Bundesamt für Energie, Esoro AG, ScubaPro Inc., SiemensVDO Automotive AG.