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#206751 - 14th Feb 2008 2:11pm You too can drive like Bond
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A car design team are bringing back memories of a famous scene from a James Bond movie by producing a car that can travel under water.

In the 007 film The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore as Bond was seen driving a car that doubled as a boat.

The scene was shot using animation, but more than 30 years later Swiss company Rinspeed has come up with a concept car - the sQuba.

The sQuba, to be displayed at next month's Geneva Motor Show, is an open-topped sports car that can go over land, above the waves and even under the water to a depth of 10 metres.

Rinspeed took a sports car and replaced the engine with several electric motors. Three motors are located in the back of the vehicle, with one providing propulsion on land and the other two driving the screws for underwater motoring.

Once under water, the car occupants' breathing air comes from an integrated tank of compressed air similar to that used by scuba divers.

The company claims that the car is not only revolutionary but extremely "green" as well. It is a zero-emission vehicle and has a salt water-resistant interior.

Rinspeed boss Frank Rinderknecht, 52, who is a keen James Bond fan, said: "For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true.

"It is undoubtedly not an easy task to make a car watertight and pressure resistant enough to be manoeuvrable under water. The real challenge, however, was to create a submersible car that moves like a fish in water."

He went on: "For safety reasons, we have built the vehicle as an open car so that the occupants can get out quickly in an emergency. With an enclosed cabin, opening the door might be impossible."

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#206753 - 14th Feb 2008 2:15pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: jonno40]
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So, it goes underwater, but its an open top car think

Do the occupants have to wear goggles and breath through tubes / masks?
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#206754 - 14th Feb 2008 2:18pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: StuyMac]
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Originally Posted By: StuyMac
So, it goes underwater, but its an open top car think

Do the occupants have to wear goggles and breath through tubes / masks?


Once under water, the car occupants' breathing air comes from an integrated tank of compressed air similar to that used by scuba divers.
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#206756 - 14th Feb 2008 2:22pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: jonno40]
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Yeah, I read that, but if its not an enclosed cabin how does it get from tank to moulth think

An enclosed cabin, like the Lotus in the Bond film would be really cool, but this just sounds like a soft top that goes underwater with some scuba tanks strapped to it.

....for a start you'd get wet


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#206757 - 14th Feb 2008 2:28pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: StuyMac]
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It appears to be based on a Lotus Elise (at least they stuck with the Lotus Theme) and, yes, you do get wet frown

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#206769 - 14th Feb 2008 4:15pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: StuyMac]
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very wet lol
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#206770 - 14th Feb 2008 4:25pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: jonno40]
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You would have to drive round in a wet suit just incase you wanted to go for a paddle raftl

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#206801 - 14th Feb 2008 5:59pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: Civic_Coupe_Sean]
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Go idea, shame about the final product
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#206842 - 14th Feb 2008 7:54pm Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: Cali_16v]
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so even if its pi++ing it down on land you get wet, i think i will have to rush out and buy one and even install my betamax video in it as well, what a rip roaring sucess this is gonna be
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#206999 - 15th Feb 2008 8:35am Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: placidmaster]
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Originally Posted By: placidmaster
install my betamax video


omg Its been a while since I heard the word "Video" - even longer since it was in the same sentence as "Betamax" raftl
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#207010 - 15th Feb 2008 9:58am Re: You too can drive like Bond [Re: StuyMac]
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bit like the word tape player in a car, isnt that right sean lol, sorry could not resist, he cant hear me anyway due to the back speakers humming, someone give the lad a cd player lol
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