People who’ve been following this site are probably familiar with this Rinspeed vehicle already, but now online retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is offering it for a cool $2-million. This car submarine hybrid floats when driven into water, and submerges with the pull of a lever, sending the passengers on an underwater adventure. There are two water jets mounted behind rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle, which provide steering as well as lift, and propellers in the back, provide forward movement up to 2 knots at depths down to 33′. Continue reading for a video and a link to the actual 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,” says the retailer. Product page.