You may have seen this concept years ago, but now it’s finally available to purchase, or at least one of them. Inspired by the Lotus driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, this vehicle floats when driven into water and submerges with the pull of a lever, sending its passengers on an underwater adventure. Two water jets mounted behind rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle provide steering as well as lift, and propellers at the rear provide forward movement – up to 2 knots at depths down to 33′. Continue reading for another video, more information and the product page.
“The two built-in scuba tanks and diving regulators allow two people to remain underwater for an hour. The zero-emission vehicle uses a 54 kW 160 NM electric motor powered by six 48-volt Lithium-ion batteries, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 75 mph. The two-person capacity car has the same steel chassis used in the Lotus Elise, its interior is impervious to fresh or salt water, and an onboard laser-guided sensor enables the sports car to operate autonomously. Batteries power the car for up to 80 miles on land and for three hours underwater after a four-hour charge,” according to Hammacher Schlemmer. More information.