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Rinspeed sQuba Drives and Dives - Web Exclusive

Mar 11, 2008
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31 years ago, the legendary Q modified a Lotus Esprit for special agent 007 that was able to drive underwater. In "The spy who loved me" movie the car traveled underwater but would have been flooded in reality. What was once only possible with special effects in aquariums, has now been put into effect by the renowned Swiss vehicle specialist, Rinspeed and its swimming sQuba car.

This example is based on the Lotus Elise and is not just able to immerse itself underwater. It also meets high ecological standards: On land, the sQuba is powered by an electric moptor, while in water it's driven by two propellers at the rear, also powered by battery. In order to dive, the Rinspeed sQuba uses two Rotinor jet engines.

For this unique vehicle, AEZ developed a special alloy wheel. Its thin T-profile spokes have been machined in the middle to remove unnecessary mass. This procedure is known from chronograph work, where non-load bearing parts are removed from a watch so the working parts are visible through the open dial. The AEZ wheels, therefore, give you a view of the brakes and the undercarriage. The front wheels are 17x7.5" and weigh just 13 lb. Due to the slightly larger dimension (18x8") the rear wheels wheel a few unces more

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